Articles Tagged with California marijuana delivery

A key ruling in the fight to allow marijuana delivery everywhere in the state – regardless of local restrictions on marijuana retailers – was issued partially in the industry’s favor. Still, our Los Angeles marijuana business lawyers recognize it wasn’t all good news, and likely is just the beginning of what could be numerous, protracted legal battles.marijuana delivery lawyer

The Fresno County Superior Court earlier this month upheld the California law allowing licensed marijuana delivery companies to offer services anywhere in the state. Further, the ruling affirmed that while cities and counties can forbid these operations, enforcement is up to local government agencies.

What does this mean for marijuana delivery businesses? As our attorneys see it, they have one of two options:

  • Take the risk of battling with local governments trying to enforce their local bans on cannabis companies (including delivery services).
  • Cease delivery services to those areas.

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A marijuana delivery company marketing itself as UPS 420 is being sued by UPS, the national general parcel delivery service, alleging trademark infringement. Not only is the delivery service usurping its name, plaintiffs argue, but are also capitalizing on the famous shield logo that has become synoymous with the larger UPS brand. California marijuana lawyer

As our California cannabis attorneys know, some smaller marijuana dispensaries and delivery services are making the fatal mistake of assuming these huge, name-brand firms won’t take note if they piggyback on the larger firm’s brand recognition. This could not be farther from the truth. Marijuana trademark infringement is taken quite seriously by these big companies. Some have entire legal departments dedicated to identifying and addressing copyright and trademark infringement.

Although trademark infringement can be somewhat of a tricky area of legality for marijuana businesses because, as noted in a recent Los Angeles Cannabis Law Group blog, the U.S. Trademark Act has a specific clause requiring trademark registrants to attest their mark isn’t used to sell illegal goods. As it stands currently, marijuana is still illegal per the U.S. Controlled Substances Act. Continue reading

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