A CBD shop located in Chicago is turning to suing its landlord. They took legal action after they were told that they could not display a hemp leaf in their logo. The landlord feared it would promote marijuana usage.
The company, CBD Kratom, is based in St. Louis. The lawsuit is for a breach of contract. They allege they were prohibited from using their logo, which includes the company name with a hemp leaf above it in their new Chicago location. The company claims that they were not told when they signed the lease in March, but less than a week before the store opened.
The defendants are Wabash Randolph Garage, 4 Garages, and General Parking Corp. The St. Lous Post-Dispatch reports the owner of the building, stating that CBD Kratom “was engaged in illicit activities, specifically the promotion and sale of marijuana and marijuana-related products.”
CBD Kratom’s parent company MNG 2005 states in their suit, “Without the use of the sign, which is the trademark of the plaintiff’s brand, the plaintiff will suffer economic harm in the form of lost revenue as a result of not being able to use its brand.” This is the case for them seeking $250,000 in damages.
CBD Kratom currently runs 27 locations, several of which are in the Chicago area, and all of which are able to use the company’s logo. The logo is currently on the glass door of the shop but is absent above the store.