The Hendrix family dynamic is going to pot again.
The latest scuffle comes after Jimi Hendrix's brother Leon announced that his Purple Haze Properties was going into partnership with Canada's Nutritional High for a line of Jimi-themed cannabis products, including "hemp oil infused gummy bears, hard candies and health and energy drinkables." The proposed products will have names such as Stone Free and Purple Haze, after Hendrix's songs.
But Experience Hendrix, the family-owned company run by Hendrix's sister Janie, says Leon doesn't have the right to use those titles and intends to fight the plan: a company spokesman said in a statement that, "This has nothing to do with the legitimate family-owned entity which administrates intellectual property associated wtih Jimi Hendrix. They are quite vigorous in enforcing their rights."
Nutritional High, meanwhile, claims that its legal team has determined it's within its rights. The company has also approached the Grateful Dead about a similar line of products.
Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock reporter who never leaves home without her iPod, because to her, there’s something very comforting about carrying around every piece of music she’s ever owned in her life.