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Tom Cruise Purple
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Rosales
Family: Cannabaceae
Genus: Cannabis


Tom Cruise Purple is a strain of cannabis sold in California by select licensed cannabis clubs. The strain is potent, and is packaged with a picture of the actor Tom Cruise laughing. Cruise sought out legal advice regarding the product, and considered a lawsuit against its manufacturers.

Media commentators for The Toronto Star, Gawker, and the CNN program Showbiz Tonight analyzed the matter, and the product was the subject of a parody on a satirical website. American lawyer Lisa Bloom commented that it would not be prudent for Cruise to sue over the product, and public relations writer Howard Bragman stated it was not a good idea from a legal standpoint to utilize Cruise's image in such a fashion.


Cannabis strain

The strain is very potent, and is reported to have hallucinogenic properties.[1][2] One patient said, "I heard it's the kind of pot that makes you hallucinate."[3] The marijuana is being sold in vials which have a picture of Tom Cruise laughing hysterically.[3][4] Tom Cruise Purple is sold by cannabis purveyors in Northern California.[5] The strain is sold legally in California, as a medical marijuana product.[1]

Legal response

Cruise has sought legal advice about what action should be taken regarding the name.[3][6] He has considered filing a lawsuit against the manufacturers of the product.[7][8] As a devoted follower of Scientology, Cruise is opposed to the use of psychotropic drugs.[9][3][10] Cruise was furious over the existence of the product.[11][12][13] A friend of Cruise found the matter "outrageous".[14] Lawyers for Cruise commented to CNN, "We haven't seen the product, so we can't comment on whether or not it's true. Tom does not allow his name and likeness to be used to sell products. And as you can imagine, if he were to do an endorsement, this would hardly be his first choice."[15]


Marlene Arpe wrote in The Toronto Star, "A strain of weed called Tom Cruise Purple is being sold at California cannabis clubs. It makes you laugh hysterically while maintaining iron-fisted control of everyone around you."[16] Ryan Tate of Gawker commented, "How high do you have to be to name a grade of medical marijuana after lawsuit-happy Scientologist Tom Cruise?"[17] A parody site posted a satirical webpage about the product, with a recommended dosage, "Enough to make patients speak solely in unintelligible acronyms."[18][19][20] CNN television host A.J. Hammer commented on the program Showbiz Tonight, "Also, you can now roll up Tom Cruise and smoke him. That's right. Marijuana is being sold called 'Tom Cruise Purple.' But you know, Tom's not laughing to be blunt. Will there be a joint investigation or is this just a token effort - you know, a half-baked idea?"[15]

American lawyer Lisa Bloom said of the possibility that Cruises attorney's might sue over the marijuana product, "You know, if his lawyers sue over this, I'm going to wonder what they've been smoking. Nobody really thinks that Tom Cruise is endorsing this particular kind of marijuana. Why don't celebrities occasionally just laugh - just laugh at things? This is obviously supposed to be a joke. There's a picture of him laughing on it. He's clearly not making any money off of it. He's not endorsing it. I say, just let it go."[15] Miami editor of In Touch Weekly, Michael Cohen, stated "'s well-known in the industry you don't mess with Tom Cruise. And so, that's all I can say. I'm sure his lawyers are on this like white on rice. But I'm sure he's actually not as affected by it as his lawyers are."[15] Public relations writer Howard Bragman commented, "I can tell you Tom and his lawyers do not have a sense of humor. And messing with Tom Cruise's image is risky business, OK?"[15]

See also


  1. ^ a b Guendelsberger, Emily (April 5, 2008). "Tom Cruise: will get you so high". Philadelphia Daily News: p. 8. 
  2. ^ "'Tom Cruise' Marijuana Problem". Radar Online. October 27, 2008. Retrieved 2010-03-17. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Medical high jinks leave Tom Cruise camp fuming". New York Daily News ( April 4, 2008. Retrieved 2010-03-17. 
  4. ^ "Report: 'Tom Cruise Purple' Medical Marijuana Has Actor Smoking Mad". FOX News. April 4, 2008.,2933,346371,00.html. Retrieved 2010-03-17. 
  5. ^ Krugman, Milt (April 8, 2008). "Tom Cruise fuming". Bucks County Courier Times (Levittown, Pennsylvania). 
  6. ^ Asian News International (April 5, 2008). "Tom Cruise to sue manufacturers of medical marijuana named after him". Hindustan Times. 
  7. ^ "Lanzan producto de marihuana con la imagen de Cruise". esmas ( April 13, 2008. Retrieved 2010-03-17. 
  8. ^ "Tom Cruise 'goes to pot' over marijuana link". New Zealand Herald. April 7, 2008. 
  9. ^ Maddow, Rachel (April 4, 2008). "For April 4, 2008". Countdown (MSNBC). 
  10. ^ "Asocian remedio a base de marihuana con imagen de Tom Cruise". Terra ( April 14, 2008. Retrieved 2010-03-17. 
  11. ^ "Cruise Fumes Over Marijuana Association". San Francisco Chronicle. April 4, 2008. Retrieved 2010-03-17. 
  12. ^ Saar, Mayrav (April 4, 2008). "TomKat in a Huff over Tom Pot". E! Online ( Retrieved 2010-03-17. 
  13. ^ WENN (April 4, 2008). "Cruise fumes over marijuana association". World Entertainment News Network. 
  14. ^ "Purple haze for Cruise". MX (Sydney, Australia: Nationwide News Pty Limited). April 7, 2008. 
  15. ^ a b c d e Hammer, A.J.; Brooke Anderson (April 4, 2008). "Pot Named After Tom Cruise". Showbiz Tonight. Retrieved 2010-03-17. 
  16. ^ "Pop goes the week". The Toronto Star (Toronto Star Newspapers Limited): p. E09. April 6, 2008. 
  17. ^ Tate, Ryan (April 4, 2008). ""Tom Cruise Purple" The Kind Of Bud That "Makes You Hallucinate"". Gawker. Retrieved 2010-03-17. 
  18. ^ Kirby, Candy (April 4, 2008). "Tom Cruise Goes to Pot". Gallery of the absurd ( Retrieved 2010-03-17. 
  19. ^ "Tom Cruise Goes to Pot". (Internet Archive). April 8, 2008. Retrieved 2010-03-17. 
  20. ^ "Tom Cruise threatening to sue Medical Marijuana". Alt.religion.scientology. April 7, 2008. Retrieved 2010-03-17. 

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