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Snoop Has A Weed Brand Called “Leafs” And The Toronto Maple Leafs Are Not Happy

The rapper filed a trademark application for Leafs By Snoop, but the NHL team might oppose it.

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If you think they look somewhat similar, you're not alone. The NHL team's parent company just filed documents with the U.S. trademark office to fight back against the rapper's weed brand, or at least to buy themselves some time.

TSN reports that Snoop filed his trademark application for Leafs By Snoop back in November, but Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment asked the trademark office in Virginia for a 90-day window to consider its options. The extension was granted on June 8.

Snoop is already selling a variety of products under the Leafs By Snoop name, including three strains of cannabis, shatter, and edibles.

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It's not clear how much the Maple Leafs will fight Snoop's application, but a trademark lawyer who spoke to the Globe and Mail said it's "reasonable" for the NHL team to be wary.

“It’s quite common for brand owners to oppose a trademark application as part of an overall strategy to get others to not use their brand in the marketplace,” Eric Macramalla, a partner at Gowling WLG, told the newspaper.

Ishmael Daro is a social news editor for BuzzFeed and is based in Toronto.

Contact Ishmael N. Daro at ishmael.daro@buzzfeed.com.

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