Pharmacy sues Arkansas’ first medical marijuana dispensary over name

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WHITE HALL, Ark. (KARK) – The owner of a local pharmacy chain in Jefferson County has sued the state’s first dispensary to open its doors due to the similarity of its name and logo, according to KARK

Doctor’s Orders Pharmacy filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday against Doctor’s Orders RX in Hot Springs, claiming the company has caused its customers to believe that it is now operating as a medical marijuana dispensary.

The pharmacy is seeking a preliminary injunction that would require the dispensary to immediately stop using the pharmacy’s name, terms and symbols in its operations and advertising. However, the pharmacy is not asking the dispensary to formally change its name with the Arkansas Secretary of State’s office, the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission or the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board.

“We’re not looking to shut down another business,” said Lelan Stice, the owner of Doctor’s Orders Pharmacy. “We simply don’t want them using our name and causing the confusion that’s gone on. It’s two completely different types of businesses.”

According to court documents, the dispensary’s counsel responded to the pharmacy’s cease-and-desist letter Monday and said the company would continue to advertise as “Doctor’s Orders” despite the pharmacy’s demands.

According to Scott Hardin, the spokesperson for the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration, the dispensary “has an option of filing a change of trade name with the Medical Marijuana Commission at any time. It is a simple process and would not impact the day to day operation.” 

The dispensary has yet to comment on the pending litigation. 

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