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

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Although fair-goers were told the Full Melt chocolate bars given out inside the pot pavilion didn't contain any cannabis, several people reported feeling sick and high.
Denver County Fair's pot pavilion wasn't supposed to have any cannabis on the premises, but several people have reported feeling sick and dizzy after eating candy bars given to them by a pavilion vendor, with two men going to the hospital -- and one of them filing a class-action lawsuit about the incident.

We've got statements from the fair and the vendor about a controversy that continues to build.

See also: Davirak Ky Gets Three Years' Probation for Feeding Children Pot Cookies

Earlier this week, Denver media outlets reported that a man required hospitalization after eating a candy bar at the fair's new, 21+ pot pavilion. Richard Jones thought he was having a stroke or a heart attack after the unexpected effects of digesting marijuana, which he says he'd never tried before in his life.

"I was sweaty. I was nauseous. I was panicking," Jones told 7News.

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7News
Jones was only the first to come forward. On Wednesday, two more people claimed the same chocolates given to them at the fair made them feel similar to the way Jones had. All three say they received the candy bars from a LivWell dispensary vendor, who told them that the samples did not contain marijuana. However, tests showed that Jones had more than 100 nanograms of THC in his system -- at least twenty times the legal driving limit.

Jordan Coombs, another man who required hospitalization after eating the chocolate, also tested positive for THC, as he recounts in the aforementioned lawsuit, which maintains that he was so sickened by the candy that during the drive away from the fair -- with his wife behind the wheel, fortunately -- he "projectile vomited uncontrollably in his car."

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Jordan Coombs, from an interview with Fox31.
Kari Mitchell, a third attendee who reported feeling ill from the candy, told Fox31 she asked the vendor multiple times if the candy contained any marijuana. The vendor repeatedly said no.

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Dana Cain as she appeared on a 2011 Westword cover about Colorado creatives.
Denver County Fair officials and LivWell owners have acknowledged the situation, and both released statements regarding their investigations into the matter. First up is fair director Dana Cain:
After the close of the fair, it was brought to our attention that there may have been an incident at the fair, involving sampling of Full Melt Chocolate Bars in the 21+ Pot Pavilion on Sunday afternoon. We alerted the Denver Police Dept and are currently working with the Marijuana Enforcement Division on an investigation. They are investigating Full Melt Chocolates and LivWell, the related company that contracted the booth in question. Additionally, our lawyer is in touch with Full Melt Chocolate. During our event we had a very strict policy that all of our vendors agreed to, banning all marijuana and THC products from the fair. The safety of our attendees is our top priority.

LivWell owners Ben Burkhardt and John Lord say any marijuana-infused candy samples given away at the fair were distributed without their knowledge or the company's sanction. Here's part of Burkhardt's statement:

We are currently thoroughly investigating what may have occurred, and are happy to offset medical expenses from fair attendees that have been legitimately affected. I did speak to Richard Jones, the gentleman on the news last night, about an hour ago, and offered to honor his request that his medical costs be reimbursed.
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LivWell's website
Five of LivWell's nine locations are listed as Full Melt retailers.
Both Jones and Coombs left the hospital in good shape after the effects of the candy wore off. Jones told 7News that while he was displeased with the police response (a Denver Police Department spokesman says the matter is under investigation), he'd be fine if his medical costs were covered.

Coombs wants more. The lawsuit -- which targets LivWell and Beyond Broadway LLC, Full Melt's business name, but not the Denver County Fair -- lists five calls for action and asks for "an amount that is fair and reasonable, for costs, and for any other relief the Court deems proper." Moreover, this request isn't made for Coombs alone, but for anyone else who may have been sickened after eating a pot edible at the Denver County Fair. This implies that more victims may be out there and could still surface as time moves forward.

Look below to see a 7News report featuring Jones, followed by the complete lawsuit.

Jordan Coombs Lawsuit

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jello.beyonce
jello.beyonce

The owners of LivWell are shysters who deserve to be sued, just for being fucking pricks.....and crooks.



jason.gamedev
jason.gamedev

I'm not defending this chocolate bar mess. Although I have my doubts if they are legit. Plus 100ng may 20x the driving limit, but the driving limit is a joke, a 16yo could have double that and not even feel high.....

I just want to say you are all fucking hypocrites. ADD meds are legal meth candy for children and doctors and pharma get rich of drugging your kids. 

Alcohol and tobacco ruin lives and literately kill people every day both directly and indirectly. Cannabis has never directly caused a single death or even chronic illness. Why is tobacco legal and cannabis isn't? Why is cannabis considered more dangerous than meth and oxy? MONEY, CORRUPTION, and IGNORANCE. Cannabis has never directly caused a single death or even chronic illness.

Yet all that is 100% acceptable in society and we teach children(though the media) that alcohol is fun perfectly normal... Where is all the worry over kids drinking and killing themselves? Marijuana gets ratings right now, and everyone is such a hypocrite, it's ok for "newscasters" to promote and drink on air.


SpottedDick
SpottedDick

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muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

Many people ate chocolate with no effect.  Someone is lying.  Who stands to make money out the lie?

WillieStortz
WillieStortz topcommenter

Somebody needs to spend a lot of time in jail over this incident. 


It's time to put a halt to marijuana edibles until they can get them under control. How many more children and adults need to be poisoned before the authorities take action?

christy__brown
christy__brown

This is a county fair--a family event visited by children/  If they didn't want pot there, they should not have allowed pot vendors.  Chocolate candies full of pot are just going to normalize pot for children.  This will become an out of control situation for our country.  People say it can be regulated but we need to draw a line between recreational drugs, medicine, and food.  Right now the lines are being blurred.  When a tiny amount of candy is so strong (20x) it is asking for trouble.  

Ben Djbeng Maestas
Ben Djbeng Maestas

If it has a pot leaf on it, don't eat it dumb fucks. People are so thirsty they look for any opportunity to sue. Why would somebody go into a pot pavilion if they do not already consume?

Justin Fahmie
Justin Fahmie

Went to pot fair, got High, now we sue! Wtf.

John Kingdon
John Kingdon

Uhm... If you couldn't TASTE or SMELL the weed, then you are an idiot. Every pot edible I've eaten STUNK of weed. And the ones that didn't definitely tasted like it. This guy is just trying to make a buck. Off of us, the taxpayers of Denver.

Maura Bryn
Maura Bryn

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Steve Bird
Steve Bird

Bullshit sensationalized headlines that misrepresent the content of the article for Facebook hits.

Steve Bird
Steve Bird

Ugh and Westword continues its plunge into Bullshit flame-bait Inquirer-quality journalism to get hits on Facebook. Read your own article. There is no proof that these people ingested any thc nor have they claimed that they have any. Please please fire your staff of desperate shameless 20 year olds who are doing your social media and hire some adults.

Seth Valkonen
Seth Valkonen

"Sickened" over some weed, oh please! What a cry baby, sorry but I think it should take longer than a week to file a class action law suit.... Unless they were already prepared to sue...

Pam Stiffler
Pam Stiffler

I wasn't there so I can only think some $$$ noises spoke to this person. I'm also guessing the pot police were keeping pretty close tabs. Unlikely medicated product was served...likely some jerk wanted to cast nasty shadows on a new industry that is doing quite nicely that they don 't approve of.

Savannah Marley
Savannah Marley

I guess the candy was medicated... Someone dropped off the wrong stuff...how many bars did you have?

Dawn Lopez
Dawn Lopez

I don't know but, I wonder how much alcohol was consumed during that 45 min. lightning delay at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Sunday.

Heather Rosenberg
Heather Rosenberg

Wow Savannah Marley I must just have high tolerance. Was that the day I was like ok now I can drive home???

kevin_hunt
kevin_hunt topcommenter

@SpottedDick The lab rat campaign is a joke.


Young teens who smoke cannabis may not be stunting their intellect, says a study challenging a claim by New Zealand scientists.The Dunedin study found people who started smoking cannabis in their teenage years, and kept using it for years afterwards, showed an average decline in IQ of eight points.It sampled more than 1000 people, comparing their IQs from when they were 13 to 38 years old.The study also found those who started using cannabis after the age of 18 did not show the same IQ decline.But the new study, by the Ragnar Frisch Centre for Economic Research in Norway, said there were hidden factors in the Dunedin research that were not taken into account.Ole Rogeberg, the scientist behind the Norwegian study, said socioeconomic status was one of those factors.In the simulation model Rogeberg created, poverty was able to reproduce the same IQ change as cannabis exposure."This model, too, would predict reduced IQ in so far as heavy, persistent, adolescent-onset cannabis use involves a culture and norms that raise the risk of dropping out of school, getting entangled with crime, and other such behaviours," he said

http://www.stuff.co.nz/science/8178477/Dispute-over-studys-cannabis-and-IQ-link


jason.gamedev
jason.gamedev

@SpottedDick You are a liar and an idiot. And the Lab Rat thing is the biggest waste of money and doesn't even make since. There are studies going back 80 years about marijuana and youth use. There is nothing new to discover and we already know that youth use is and has been at a rate of 20-30% for high school students for more than 30 years.

SpottedDick
SpottedDick

@christy__brown


"[The fair] had a very strict policy that all of our vendors agreed to, banning all marijuana and THC products from the fair."


Never trust a stoner to obey the law or regulations.

SpottedDick
SpottedDick

So LivWell lied when they claimed there was no THC in those chocolate bars?


SpottedDick
SpottedDick

 "[The fair] had a very strict policy that all of our vendors agreed to, banning all marijuana and THC products from the fair."

HonkyTalk
HonkyTalk

Hey fat fuck, retard - he sued a private company. Furthermore, if your edibles stink of weed, then you are eating trash edibles. 

SpottedDick
SpottedDick

You're an idiot. He isn't suing the taxpayers, jackass, he's suing the criminal clowns that illegally dosed him with THC.



SpottedDick
SpottedDick

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SpottedDick
SpottedDick

@Steve Bird "There is no proof that these people ingested any thc nor have they claimed that they have any."


"... tests showed that Jones had more than 100 nanograms of THC in his system -- at least twenty times the legal driving limit. Jordan Coombs, another man who required hospitalization after eating the chocolate, also tested positive for THC ..."


Does it hurt to be so fucking stupid?

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

@SpottedDick @muhutdafuga  Exactly what lie have I told?  Multiple stories have been told, someone isn't telling the truth.

Your best point earlier had to do with cross contamination.  I am curious what sort of dose could be given due to cross contamination if this was indeed the issue?

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

@SpottedDick Someone is lying, as I indicated earlier.  Yet someone challenged that truth....it was you.

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

@SpottedDick Yet no proof where the pot was consumed.  I guess you can answer your own question.

GuestWho
GuestWho topcommenter

@muhutdafuga @SpottedDick    Cross contamination could be anything from miniscule amounts of THC making its way into the chocolate bar to full dose (or stronger) bars being packaged along with thc free chocolate bars for whatever reason.  If you read the comments you'll see that DiseasedDonkeyDick actually pointed out that regulations state that marijuana edible manufacturers are not authorized to manufacture thc free foods so either way the company is boned.  

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@kevin_hunt ... says the lying cunt who falsely claimed A64 would prevent 10,000 arrests for marijuana every year.


SpottedDick
SpottedDick

@muhutdafuga You have no proof that the cannabis clowns handing out the FullMelt chocolate didn't provide THC laced products.

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

@GuestWho Cross contamination seems like it would involve such a small amount of THC that it could not account for the level of THC in the claimant.  Where he got the THC seems to be the question.  Was he drugged without his knowledge or did he have chocolate and then he consumed his own THC.

It is odd that one would go to a pot shop for chocolate candy.  Most reasonable people would get their chocolate elsewhere is they didn't want THC or maybe a lawsuit.

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

@SpottedDick @muhutdafuga You want me to research and provide video of one person claiming they got THC chocolate at an exhibit, and others saying the chocolate was not THC chocolate?  The two opposing claims are already stated clearly.

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

@SpottedDick @muhutdafuga Yet it is you with the burden of proof.  You are calling people criminals, not me.  I'm saying someone is lying.  Who benefits from the lie?

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