In August, a number of people came forward to say they'd gotten sick after eating chocolate from the LivWell booth at the Denver County Fair. Turns out the sweets they'd ingested were actually marijuana edibles, which weren't supposed to be handed out on fair grounds. A class-action lawsuit followed, with at least six people signing on.
Now, LivWell has reportedly pointed the finger of blame at an allegedly disgruntled former employee, Daniel de Sailles. But rather than going to ground, de Sailles is denying the allegations in the press and social media.
On November 6, de Sailles posted the following on his Facebook page: "Livwell/Broadway Wellness is trying to blame me for their fuckup when they dosed all those people at the Denver County Fair."
The next day, Marijuana.com provided details about the claim. According to the site, Beyond Broadway, LivWell's parent company, filed a document dubbed a "designation of nonparties at fault." In it, LivWell is said to deny having provided THC-laden Full Melt chocolates to fair attendees "and alleges possible sabotage by a former employee and two John Does."
The ex-staffer was de Sailles, founder of The Secret Cup, a hash-making contest, and owner of Top Shelf Extracts. The Top Shelf booth was next to LivWell's, and while the document stops short of directly accusing de Sailles of using this proximity for nefarious purposes, it states that "Mr. de Sailles did not leave Beyond Broadway under positive circumstances and would have had both the motivation and the opportunity to sabotage the products handed out by LivWell at the Denver County Fair."
LivWell didn't comment for a CBS4 version of the story, but de Sailles did. In an interview, he acknowledged leaving LivWell under unhappy terms but denied that he had anything to do with the pot edibles situation.
Afterward, de Sailles posted the following image from the broadcast, along with a comment that reads, "On the other hand, The Secret Cup t-shirt on the news! Yeeee!"
Since then, de Sailles has continued to proclaim his innocence even as he's exhorted supporters not to troll LivWell's Facebook page on his behalf. In a note sent earlier today to our William Breathes, he stressed "how impossible and illogical it would be for me to be able to pull off what they allege -- which would have to mean that I stole their custom molds from their MIPS facility, infused the candy, then swapped it out right in front of them."
Here's the CBS4 report.
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