Stash Tea flexes copyright muscle as pot legalization popularizes name
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Stash Tea flexes copyright muscle as pot legalization popularizes name

Starting this week, Stash Pot Shop of Seattle is Lux Pot Shop of Seattle. Why? Legal threats from Stash Tea Co. of Tigard prompted the Washington recreational marijuana retailer to make the switch. Because while the word is used to describe a quantity of marijuana for personal use, it’s also been used in the tea company’s name since its founding in 1972. The co-owner of the former Stash Pot Shop knows he is not alone in facing reprisal from Stash Tea, which started in Portland. Stash Tea in April sued Stash Cannabis Co. of Beaverton , accusing it of infringing on the specialty tea company’s trademark. And, given the prevalence of the word Stash in similar cannabis shop’s names and the growing number of states that have legalized recreational marijuana sales, Stash Tea’s legal team figures to be very busy, says Lux co-founder Kc Franks and others. "Stash is a name that is extremely prevalent in marijuana culture," said Franks, which is why it was part of the company name at Stash Pot Shop’s founding in August 2015. "It’s a slang term in the lexicon used in the 1960s." Two months after its founding, however, Franks received a disturbing […]

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