Candy behemoth, Hershey’s, apparently is not a big fan of edible cannabis. They successfully filed suit in 2014 to stop the sales of the “HasHeath Bar,” as well as the the “Dabby Paddy.” Hmm, Dabby Paddy? Really? Seems like Sponge Bob might have a decent case as well. They were also successful in getting “Ganja Joy” to rebrand and repackage their product. Because sometimes you feel like a nut…and sometimes you just feel like chilling on the couch.
After a relatively quiet couple of years, they’re at it again. An Indiana law firm who represents Hershey, sent a cease and desist order to Harborside, a well-known dispensary in Oakland. They also requested $20,000 in “liquidated damages.” The last straw, however, was when Hershey insisted on a confidentiality clause.
Evidently, it’s okay to kind of be a dick, you just don’t want everybody to know about it. And you REALLY don’t want people who use a substance that gives them a strong desire to overpay for gooey chocolate deliciousness on their 2AM 7-11 runs.
The previous companies, when sued by Milton’s spawn, had melted like a Krackel in the sun, but Harborside had a different plan. Although they immediately worked with the manufacturer to change the name and packaging of their Jolly Meds product, they refused to pay any money or agree to confidentiality. Harborside’s executive director, Steve DeAngelo, went so far as to call Hershey attorneys “bullies.”
And you know what happens when you stand up to a bully? Well, usually they give you a weird look and then proceed to give you the ass-kicking of a lifetime. Seriously, whoever started that bullshit about standing up to a bully? Most likely it was a bully.
But this time it worked. Hershey crumbled faster than a 40-year-old Mr Goodbar that you found buried in a desk drawer. They withdrew their lawsuit the very next day. The sides reached a settlement agreement that outlined zero liability for the trademark-infringement allegations.
Based on their history, it most likely won’t be the last time Hershey tries to swing its giant chocolate thunderdick around… but it will probably be the last time they try that shit with the OGs from The Town.