Could marijuana give wine a run for its money? |

Could marijuana knock wine off its throne?

As pot use – medicinal but especially recreational – is legalized in more jurisdictions, an unusual relationship is becoming increasingly apparent between the wine and cannabis industries. There’s symbiosis but also competition, often with a whiff of humor.

Earlier this month, M. Shanken Communications, publisher since 1979 of Wine Spectator magazine, sued Sacramento-based Modern Wellness Inc. for “passing off” Wine Spectator’s name, image and reputation on a website (and in associated media materials) called “Weed Spectator.” The complaint said Weed Spectator mimicked Wine Spectator in its appearance, including a similar font in a trademark application, more at