State AGs Call for Congressional Action on Copycat THC Edibles

State AGs Call for Congressional Action on Copycat THC Edibles
CANNANNEW REPORT

AUTHORS Andrew Kline, Will Rava, Barak Cohen & Tommy Tobin  June 24, 2022 More than 20 state attorneys general (AGs) authored an open letter to congressional leaders calling for legislation that would regulate tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) edibles that mimic the packaging and names of popular products.  In their June 22 letter, the state AGs voiced their concern, particularly for children, writing that “copycat THC edibles pose a grave risk to the health, safety, and welfare of our children.”  Specifically, the state AGs asked Congress to “immediately enact legislation authorizing trademark holders of well-known and trusted consumer packaged goods to hold accountable those malicious actors who are using those marks to market illicit copycat THC edibles to children.” The AGs represent a wide diversity of states, including states such as Alaska, South Carolina, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Oregon, California, New York, and Virginia. The AGs noted that while there was disagreement among the letter’s signatories, all agreed that copycat THC products posed a public health threat to their communities, and particularly children, in their respective jurisdictions. The letter is the latest in a string of activity concerning edible THC products mimicking well-known consumer brands. Last autumn, state AGs from Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Illinois, and New York each issued consumer advisories and warnings regarding copycat THC edible products. In April 2022, the Consumer Brands Association, several consumer packaged goods companies, and like-minded trade associations sent a letter urging Congress to address what they called the “unscrupulous use of famous brand logos, characters, trademarks and trade dress” on THC-infused edible products. The letter urged Congress to include “famous” marks within the ambit of the SHOP SAFE Act, a bill addressing counterfeit goods sold online. In May 2022, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) issued a public warning that edible products containing THC “can be easily mistaken for commonly consumed foods such as breakfast cereal, candy, and cookies, and accidentally ingested.”…

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