Charlotte’s Web. Girl Scout Cookies. Candyland. Grape Ape. These are just a few popular strain names that might disappear from Oregon cannabis shop shelves in the coming months as state officials work to ensure cannabis products do not appeal to children.
If the strain name includes a product that is “marketed by or to children,” the Oregon Liquor Control Commission clarified on September 23, then it could end up on the list of forbidden names. Officials are currently firming up the exact criteria. To date, fewer than 20 strains of roughly 500 under review might end up on the list.
Also, strain names that refer to (or are associated with) prohibited drugs, like LSD or Blow, will likely end up on the list.
This is the first time a state has placed limits on strain names, but other states might follow, especially when trademarks come into question. It’s hard to imagine that as the cannabis industry becomes increasingly mainstream, that cannabis products related to the Star Wars franchise, such as Skywalker, Jedi Kush, or Death Star, will remain on shelves without some formal agreement.
The state has released an example list that gives an idea of what’s to come: