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Judge Allows Marijuana Brand to Be Named After Woodstock Music Festival

Woodstock Ventures wanted to create a weed brand celebrating the 50th anniversary of the famed original gathering

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    Judge Allows Marijuana Brand to Be Named After Woodstock Music Festival
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    • A judge says the owners of the Woodstock music festival name can license it to create a marijuana brand

    • Woodstock Ventures wanted to create a weed brand celebrating the 50th anniversary of the famed original gathering

    • Woodstock Ventures, which produced the 1969 Woodstock festival, and Woodstock Roots sued each other last year over usage

    A judge says the owners of the Woodstock music festival name can license it to create a marijuana brand marking the 50th anniversary of the famed gathering.

    U.S. District Judge Paul Gardephe (GAHR'-duh-fee) on Monday rejected a claim that the deal would infringe on the name of another company, Woodstock Roots.

    Gardephe concluded the nature of the festival's planned Woodstock-branded recreational marijuana and its competitor's cannabis-related "smokers' articles" are different.

    Woodstock Ventures, which produced the 1969 Woodstock festival, and Woodstock Roots sued each other last year. Woodstock Roots does business as Woodstock American Products.

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    Woodstock Ventures argued recreational marijuana falls within its "natural zone of expansion" under federal trademark law. It is working on a deal with a major marijuana dispensary.

    Gardephe's ruling eliminated a temporary order blocking the deal.

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