Adam Courtemanche

Chicago CBD Shop Sues Landlord for Rejecting Hemp Leaf Signage

A CBD shop in Chicago is suing its landlord after being told they couldn’t display their logo, which contains a hemp leaf, on local signage because the landlords claim it would promote “marijuana usage.”

Full story after the jump.

A Chicago, Illinois CBD Kratom store is suing its landlord for breach of contract after being unable to display their logo, which contains a hemp leaf, on signage, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. MNG 2005, the parent company based in St. Louis, Missouri, alleges the landlords claim the sign promotes “marijuana usage.”

MNG claims that they weren’t told they wouldn’t be able to use the sign until after signing the lease and shortly before they opened last week.

“Without the use of the sign, which is the trademark of the plaintiff’s brand, plaintiff will suffer economic harm in the form of lost revenue as a result of not being able to use its brand, which is current in existence across several states.” — MNG 2005, in the lawsuit, via St. Louis Post Dispatch

Barry Mortge, an attorney for one of the defendants 4 Garages, called the allegations “baseless.”

According to the report, CBD Kratom operates 27 stores and all of the stores have the same logo on its signage. The Chicago store currently has the logo on the door of the store.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has proposed there be “exclusion zones” for cannabis businesses in downtown Chicago once recreational sales are allowed, according to the Chicago Sun Times. Currently, none of the city’s 11 medical cannabis dispensaries are in this zone.     

CBD Kratom does not have a medical cannabis license or sell medical cannabis products.

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