“High Times” Looks to Smoke Marijuana Dispensary In Trademark Action
September 2nd, 2014 by Michael Lee
With recreational marijuana now legal in Colorado and Washington, it was only a matter of time before we would see trademark lawsuits. Trans-High Corp, the publisher of High Times magazine is suing Richard Reimers for trademark infringement and unfair competition. Richard Reimers owns High Time Station, a Washington-based marijuana dispensary. In the suit, Trans-High Corp alleges that HIGH TIME STATION is confusingly similar to their HIGH TIMES mark.
The plaintiff has published High Times magazine since 1974 and hosts marijuana themed festivals, seminars, contests and other events across the globe. They are one of the best known names in marijuana culture. The defendant, Richard Reimers, opened High Time Station in July of 2014 where he sells marijuana and related products.
Shortly after opening, the defendant received a Cease and Desist letter demanding that they cease using the High Time Station name and to formally acknowledge Trans-High Corp.’s rights to the HIGH TIMES mark. The defendant refused, but has changed the name of the store to Cannarail Station.
The plaintiff seeks damages and injunctive relief.