Claim against weed sup­plier un­founded: Ex­ec­u­tive

The Province - - NEWS - TIM PETRUK

A for­mer Kam­loops mayor and MLA who is now an ex­ec­u­tive at a Que­bec-based cannabis sup­plier said his com­pany is “ex­tremely con­fi­dent” a univer­sity stu­dent is in­cor­rect in her claim to have used mis­la­belled pot spray — a prod­uct ex­pected to un­dergo test­ing to de­ter­mine its con­tents.

Terry Lake, vice-pres­i­dent of Hexo Cor­po­ra­tion, said his com­pany’s staffers no­ticed a dis­crep­ancy in their ware­house after send­ing a ship­ment of CBD spray to gov­ern­ment-owned B.C. Cannabis.

“We sent a ship­ment to the LDB (B.C. Liquor Dis­tri­bu­tion Branch, which also dis­trib­utes cannabis) and, shortly there­after, it was dis­cov­ered there were six bot­tles in our pro­cess­ing area that should have gone out with that ship­ment,” Lake told KTW, not­ing the in­cor­rect prod­ucts were found at a Rich­mond ware­house and dis­posed of be­fore any were shipped to stores.

Hexo was con­cerned some of its oral spray high in THC or tetrahy­dro­cannabi­nol had been mis­la­belled as be­ing high in other cannabi­noids, com­monly called CBDs. THC is the in­tox­i­cat­ing cannabi­noid in cannabis, while other cannabi­noids are as­so­ci­ated with health ef­fects and re­lax­ation rather than a high.

B.C. Cannabis sent an email on Nov. 20 to any­one who pur­chased the spray, in­form­ing them of the mixup.

“No cus­tomer ever got any of the mis­la­belled prod­uct,” Lake said. “We are ex­tremely con­fi­dent in that state­ment.”

B.C. Cannabis is stand­ing by Hexo.

“After hav­ing car­ried out a com­pre­hen­sive ex­am­i­na­tion of in­ven­tory, Hexo de­ter­mined that no mis­la­belled prod­uct was sold to cus­tomers,” reads an emailed state­ment from the Liquor Dis­tri­bu­tion Branch.

Last week, Thomp­son Rivers Univer­sity stu­dent Kim­ber­ley Web­ster filed a no­tice of claim in B.C. Supreme Court, stat­ing she pur­chased “CBD” spray and used it, then ex­pe­ri­enced an al­tered mood.

She said she was, at one point, scared of a couch.

Web­ster’s no­tice of claim states her use of cannabis also hurt her per­for­mance as a stu­dent.

Web­ster de­scribed her­self as be­ing largely un­fa­mil­iar with the ef­fects of cannabis use, but she was co-au­thor with TRU psy­chol­ogy pro­fes­sor Chris Mon­toya of an ar­ti­cle ear­lier this year about the dan­gers of mar­i­juana on univer­sity cam­puses.

The head­line of the piece, which ap­peared on­line at the­con­ver­sa­tion.com, was “Mar­i­juana-friendly cam­puses? don’t think so.”

Web­ster re­ferred ques­tions this week to her lawyer, Dustin Gagnon, who said he is work­ing with Hexo to get the prod­uct Web­ster pur­chased tested in a lab.

“I’ve been con­tacted by Hexo’s lawyer and we’re in the process of work­ing through a fea­si­ble test­ing process,” Gagnon said.

Web­ster’s no­tice of civil claim lists Hexo, B.C. Cannabis stores and the B.C. Liquor Dis­tri­bu­tion Branch, the arm of gov­ern­ment re­spon­si­ble for dis­tribut­ing mar­i­juana in the prov­ince, as de­fen­dants.

None of Web­ster’s claims have been proven in court.

TERRY LAKE

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