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Student suing HEXO and BCLDB for Mislabelled Product is Anti-Cannabis Activist

Tuesday, December 4th 2018
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Kimberly Webster, the fourth-year Kamloops, BC psychology student suing both the BC Liquor Distribution Branch and Hexo for allegedly mislabelling high-THC oral spray as high-CBD/low-THC, was revealed to be an anti-cannabis activist who co-authored an error-filled article last summer with Thompson Rivers University professor Chris Montoya opposing cannabis on campus. Montoya sits on the advisory council for Drug Free Kids Canada. (Kamloops This Week, Twitter, The Conversation)

  • In the article, Montoya and Webster alleged modern cannabis is up to 600 times more potent than in the 1960s, is carcinogenic to second-hand smokers, and may cause “addiction, drops in grades, slips and falls and car accidents.”
  • In a Facebook post, Webster identified Montoya as the “friend” with whom she accidentally became intoxicated while “trying [CBD oral spray] so that we knew what it smelled like, tasted like, felt like etc… JUST CBD. Never THC . Further research.” (Twitter)
  • She launched her lawsuit the day after BC Cannabis Stores sent an email warning consumers the sprays may be mislabeled. In it, she claims her accidental dosing left her "unable to perform her day-to-day activities" and "unable to perform her duties reasonable expected of a university student."
  • The day Webster purchased the allegedly mislabelled product, she was quoted in local media questioning the efficacy of cannabis as a means to lessen the opioid crisis. (CFJC Today)
  • "I wouldn't think it would have a positive impact at least because it is operating in the same areas of the brain that heroin acts on and other drugs, and I don't think anyone's going to say, 'Hey, I'm taking heroin, now I can smoke legal marijuana and I'll make that switch', it just doesn't seem something that would be likely," she said.
  • Roughly one week prior to Webster making her complaint public and announcing her lawsuits, former BC health minister Terry Lake, who is now a Hexo vice-president, said the company erred in sending a warning about mislabelled products to BC consumers, since no mislabelled inventory was sold in British Columbia. (CBC British Columbia)
  • Lake told me he stands by his November statement that none of the bottles made it to consumers, and said it was impossible for Webster to have purchased a mislabelled bottle. (Twitter)