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Reader: Could Placebo Effect Explain Pot Edibles Illnesses at Denver County Fair?

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Jordan Coombs during an interview with Fox31.
We received a big response to Thomas Mitchell's report about a class-action lawsuit filed by Jordan Coombs, who says he was sickened after consuming a pot edible at the Denver County Fair that wasn't supposed to contain any THC. Plenty of readers had questions about the stories told by Coombs and others claiming to have suffered similar effects. Witness this post from someone who also tasted a Full Melt sample from the LivWell booth.

See also: Pot Edibles Lawsuit Filed as More People Say They Were Sickened at Denver County Fair

White Lie writes:

I was working as a vendor at the fair this year (I am not affiliated with LivWell or Full Melt), and I was given one of the chocolates. I've had the medicated Full Melt bars before and the sample I was given definitely DID NOT contain any cannabis. Not saying that it isn't out of the realm of possibilities, but this sounds more like a "placebo effect" in my opinion.

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Jimmy Hersh
Jimmy Hersh

Every time I read a thread from weed posts it reaffirms the fact that pot fries your brain. It's even more apparent when you're a brain dead stoner and a half wit!

Christopher D. Ortiz
Christopher D. Ortiz

If he freaked out at the fair and needed an ambulance he might win but his story is lame I'm sure hundreds of people ate samples and are not sueing

Christopher D. Ortiz
Christopher D. Ortiz

Could be fake the guy could buy Cannabis edibles the day before and made a plan to sue fraudulently

Blahblahblah
Blahblahblah

Im sorry, Jordan Coombs, but Denver does not believe you. At all.

Carrie Turrentine
Carrie Turrentine

Can he prove he did not consume a product before he got tested?? Being as THC remains in the system for an extended amount of time after consumption.. Meaning he could have consumed voluntarily weeks before he got tested.

boomtastic
boomtastic

I really really really really really don't think it was the placebo effect. Here are the facts:


• 3+ people from completely different walks of life and no prior connection all report the same effect from the same booth on the same day.


• Multiple people end up in the hospital all pointing at the same distributor at the same event, again, without any knowledge of other reports of effects


• Hospital records and check-in dates verify that, again, without knowledge of what was going on with other fairgoers people were checking into the hospital with the same "placebo" symptoms

Quite the coincidence/conspiracy going on.


Perhaps, by some remote possibility, these people aren't lying and the company distributed THC infused edibles to fairgoers without their knowledge.

Susan Donlan Roy
Susan Donlan Roy

Reminds me of the bus accidents in Chicago before surveillance cameras were installed. If there was a bus accident with 5 passengers onboard, suddenly, within minutes, that number exploded to 35 passengers.

Bob Dobbs
Bob Dobbs

He is a transparent prevaricator.

Bob Dobbs
Bob Dobbs

"Cynical prevarication effect " is the real explanation.

Don Herman
Don Herman

Yes, it could. Happens in schools all the time.

Steve At Work
Steve At Work

I don't believe the guy's story. Hopefully neither will the jury. The counter-suit is going to be a bonanza for the business. Bet he didn't think of that.

Toni Atencio
Toni Atencio

I was at the Pot pavilion all day and believe me nothing was medicated. Nothing with THC was allowed on the premises. The marijuana industry is booming and these business people arent going to risk their livelihood just to give some unsuspecting schmo an edible they charge twenty bucks for. However there was a golf cart that took you off the premises to a bus where you could do dabs. There were also busses and limousines you could smoke on. I think the guy is just looking for a pay out.

Steven W Giles
Steven W Giles

or the smell of money from suing everyone. They didn't wait long until suing.

Rosa Alex
Rosa Alex

It wouldn't be hard To take a couple hits from a vape pen on the way to the hospital to explain the thc in his system. It is Colorado he has access to these things before the fair. He could have even smoked the day before or the morning of. It's a possibility

Akiva S WÆrner
Akiva S WÆrner

Maybe he just wants a fat payout from a lawsuit. It wouldn't be hard to fake by putting THC in his system.

Peggy Stevenson Puetz
Peggy Stevenson Puetz

Except for the fact that the first guy who came forward tested positive when he went to the ER.

SpottedDick
SpottedDick

So how does this moron White Lie explain the extremely high levels THC in the victims' blood?


The only effect here is the stupid irresponsible stoner effect.



muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

So judging from your post, you must be an unusually heavy user.

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

Yet the propagandists fail to see the light you shine on the situation.

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