The next Ford family dinner might be a little bit awkward.
HuffPost reports that Kyla Ford - nutritionist, health coach and daughter of Ontario Premier Doug Ford - recently promoted CBD supplements from Bodhi Naturals on her Instagram page, which has over 99,000 followers.
In a since-deleted IG post (seen above), Ford touted the "amazing health benefits of taking hemp infused CBD oil”. That might seem like a harmless endorsement, but there are two major problems with it.
First, there's the CBD product itself. As lawyer Trina Frasier of Brazeau Seller LLP explained to HuffPost, “there are tons of CBD products out there for sale that aren't legal.” And the supplement that Ford was promoting just so happens to be one of them. Right now, cannabis products can only be sold by authorized retailers. In Ontario, that means only the online Ontario Cannabis Store.
That mistake is especially embarrassing for Premier Ford. As we reported last week, Ford’s government is cracking down on “gray market” dispensaries operating in the province by contributing "40 million to municipalities over two years to help with enforcement costs related to keeping their communities safe,” according to a spokesperson for Ontario’s Ministry of the Attorney General.
Moreover, any companies that allow illegal cannabis to be bought or sold on their property face a maximum fine of $1 million dollars and/or two years in prison on a first conviction. So this is a problem that provincial lawmakers are taking very seriously, even if their families aren't.
On top of that, Kyla's post arguably runs afoul of federal laws prohibiting cannabis advertising. Canada’s Cannabis Act (which covers CBD and other phytocannabinoids) prohibits:
presenting it or any of its brand elements in a manner that associates it or the brand element with, or evokes a positive or negative emotion about or image of, a way of life such as one that includes glamour, recreation, excitement, vitality, risk or daring.
While neither Ford or Bodhi Naturals has commented on the post, we imagine that Kyla Ford won't be talking about cannabinoids again any time soon.
Banner Image: @theleanqueen on Instagram / Captured by HuffPost