Chief Parrothead Jimmy Buffett likes weed so much that, more than 40 years ago, he named his group the Coral Reefer Band. Now Buffett wants to trademark the name and sell marijuana-related products.
In 2014, Buffett’s company, Margaritaville Enterprises LLC, filed for the trademark. Among the potential products listed in the application are electronic cigarettes, herbs for smoking, cigarette papers, cigarette rolling machines, smoking pipes, tobacco grinders and hookahs.
Three months later, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office wrote back with several pertinent questions:
• “Do applicant’s identified goods include or contain marijuana, marijuana-based preparations, marijuana extracts or derivatives, or any other illegal controlled substance?”
• “Do applicant’s identified goods include or consist of any equipment, product or material of any kind which is primarily intended or designed for use in manufacturing, compounding, converting, concealing, producing, processing, preparing, injecting, ingesting, inhaling or otherwise introducing into the human body a controlled substance?”
Not much has transpired since then, though Margaritaville Enterprises clearly has its eye on the same prize Snoop Dogg, Willie Nelson and the Bob Marley Estate are currently pursuing – products based around their celebrity with cannabis costumers in mind.