St. Louis cannabis chain sues after Chicago landlord nixes its hemp leaf logo

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The sun shines next to CBD Kratom, a store selling CBD infused products, on Thursday, June 27, 2019, in Sunset Hills. Photo by Brian Munoz,

CHICAGO – Signage on a store can get tricky if there’s a hemp leaf on the logo, as one Chicago retailer is learning.

The owner of CBD Kratom, a store selling CBD products, is suing its landlord for breach of contract, alleging it was prohibited from using its logo — a hemp leaf with the store name under it — on a sign above its new Loop store.

The suit by St. Louis-based MNG 2005, filed this week in federal court in Chicago, alleges the owners and operators of the building at 28 East Randolph Street refused to approve the sign “and specifically made references to the signage as promoting marijuana usage.”

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