Update: In the July 17 Seattle Weekly, Village Voice Media employee Steve Elliott again failed to alert his readers to a possible trademark conflict that Grape Ape Sky High Soda might have with Time Warner, the owners of Hanna-Barbera productions, who produced the The Great Grape Ape Show animated cartoon from 1975-1978. Featuring the same ape that’s on the label of pot soda! On the soda label the ape is wearing a pot-leaf t-shirt. How original and classy and against copyright and trademark law. Good luck fighting one of the largest media corporations in the world on that one.
In the July 3, 2012 Seattle Weekly Marijuana journalist Steve Elliott reviews Mom’s Best Mix (Mom’s Best (Cannabis) Mix: Chex It Out, Man), which he calls a “chex mix.” Mom’s Best Mix looks a little sloppy – it comes in a Zip-Loc baggie and has a laser-printed label. However – nowhere on the label does it say anything about Chex, which are a registered trademark of Ralston Purina Inc, a giant multinational corporation that would frown upon the use of the word “Chex” in any product containing cannabis.
And Mom’s Best Mix does appear to contain Chex. Steve allegedly does not care enough to mention details like this. This is another cookie-cutter review that does a disservice to the cannabis community. Who is regulating medibles? Are there any trademark or copyright considerations involved with soaking other people’s snack foods with pot oil and re-selling them? To find out you’ll have to look elsewhere.
We hope the folks at Mom’s get their packaging in order and maybe reconsider what kind of products they want to market so they can be ready to compete in a world where honest and informed product reviews prevail. Ah, and that world is coming soon the world of legal, recreational marijuana.