DENVER (CBS4) – A former employee of a Denver pot shop that’s accused of handing out marijuana-laced chocolate at a fair says he told the company the treat was tainted, but they gave it out anyway.
Justin Williams said an executive at the company, LivWell, asked him to try a bar to determine if it contained marijuana.READ MORE: 'You Look Good Today. Want Snacks?': Artificial Intelligence Learns To Flirt Thanks To Colorado Scientist Janelle Shane
“We ate one — me and my girlfriend ate one and proceeded to tell the gentleman that, yes, they contained hash,” Williams said.
Jordan Coombs was sickened at the marijuana pavilion at the Denver County Fair in August after eating the chocolate and had to be hospitalized.
“I felt like I was having a heart attack,” Coombs said. “I started having convulsions and freaking out and said, ‘We’ve got to get to the hospital right now.’ “
He said he was told there was no marijuana in the chocolate, called Full Melt, and there couldn’t be, per fair rules.
Coombs has sued LivWell. His attorney said lab tests confirmed THC was present in his blood.
Williams insists LivWell continued to give out the chocolate after he told them it contained pot.
“People were walking up, taking four or five chocolate bars. I love chocolate and they were saying, ‘No, there is no hash in them,’ ” he said.READ MORE: Colorado Weather: Rain Expected With Snow Soon To Follow
The company released a statement to CBS4: “LivWell is cooperating fully with an investigation by the Marijuana Enforcement Division (MED) of an incident that took place at the Denver County Fair.”
But LivWell has repeatedly declined to otherwise comment on the case, saying it didn’t want to influence the investigation by talking to the media.
In another twist in the case, LivWell sued another former employee in November, alleging that Daniel de Sailles sabotaged the chocolate.
“I thought it was absolutely absurd,” de Sailles told CBS4 earlier this month.
The state’s marijuana enforcement division is investigating the incident.
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