Dixie Elixirs' managing director Tripp Keber runs the Denver-based marijuana company that produces infused edibles, beverages and salves. (RJ Sangosti, The Denver Post)

“Edible marijuana is not candy” — Mintmaker sues Dixie Elixirs

A Longmont-based maker of marijuana-infused mints has filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against Denver edibles company Dixie Elixirs.

Bridge Marketing alleges in the suit that Dixie Elixirs has failed to use Bridge’s trademarked design for packages of Med-a-Mints, mint-like lozenges that contain THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana.

The suit also alleges that Dixie Elixirs has failed to make monthly royalty payments in a timely manner.

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Dixie Elixirs is a major supplier of cannabis-infused edible products and beverages to medical marijuana dispensaries and retail stores.

Bridge and Dixie in 2012 entered into a deal in which Dixie was granted a license to sell Med-a-Mints to retail outlets in Colorado.

“Edible marijuana is not candy,” said Gary Gabrel, Med-a-Mints inventor and managing partner of Bridge Marketing. “And yet Dixie Elixirs has acted with reckless disregard to business ethics and consumer safety by removing our clear and conservative labeling, and by refusing to offer the product in childproof packaging that we have repeatedly recommended.”

Officials of Dixie Elixirs could not be immediately reached for comment.

Steve Raabe: 303-954-1948, sraabe@denverpost.com or twitter.com/steveraabedp

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