Student Sues the BC Cannabis Store over Mislabeled Products

A student from Kamloops, British Columbia has filed a lawsuit against the government corporation over a cannabis product that was nearly the opposite of what she paid for.

When Kimberly Webster bought her cannabis oral spray from the BC Cannabis Store, she didn't get what she paid for. The product was supposed to be a spray mostly consisting of CBD - a non-psychoactive cannabis compound that is well-known for its medicinal benefits. However, she ended up receiving a spray that was loaded with THC. 

"When you buy something from someone like BC Cannabis Stores, you're expecting one product and not another. It's like going to buy cider and coming home with Everclear."

Webster described herself as someone who is not a frequent cannabis consumer, so the product mix-up left her "unable to perform her duties" as a university student. She said it wasn't until the BC Cannabis Store contacted her about the labeling mistake last week that she understood why her experience had been so uncomfortable.

"I knew there was something off, but I didn't really know cannabis, so I just went with it," Webster told Kamloops This Week. "But after I got the email, everything started to make a whole lot more sense."

Her claim states that the BC Cannabis store was "negligent in failing to warn the plaintiff" of the labeling issue at the time of purchase. No dollar amount for the damages has yet to be set.

With the legal cannabis market in Canada still in its infancy, problems are bound to arise. However, issues with mislabeled products are particularly concerning as it may lead unsuspecting consumers to anxiety attacks or other potentially dangerous situations caused by consuming too much THC. To stay safe, consumers need to know that what they buy is what they actually get.


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