Pot Edibles Lawsuit Update: More Than 100 People Sickened at Denver County Fair?

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Last month, we told you about a class-action lawsuit accusing a Denver County Fair vendor of giving away pot-infused candy without informing patrons, reportedly resulting in a number of them becoming ill.

Now, the figure is growing. Six more people have joined the complaint, which maintains that the total victims could exceed a hundred. Photos, details and the new document below.

See also: Pot Edibles Lawsuit Filed as More People Say They Were Sickened at Denver County Fair

As we reported, the original suit was filed by Jordan Coombs, who said he was so sickened by the candy he ate at the booth operated by LivWell, a company that operates under the Beyond Broadway moniker, that during the drive away from the fair -- with his wife behind the wheel, fortunately -- he "projectile vomited uncontrollably in his car." Afterward, a slew of commenters suggested that the ill effects reported by Coombs and two other people who stepped forward in the immediate aftermath of the fair -- Richard Jones and Kari Mitchell -- could have been imagined rather than actual. Coombs responded in a post we shared as a Comment of the Day. He wrote:

I feel like you could reach out to the plaintiffs in the comment of the day to get their reaction. The whole idea of this being a placebo effect and that all these people from different walks of life with absolutely nothing in common all coming up with "placebo" symptoms is laughable.

Perhaps the simplest explanation is the correct one -- a small group of people attended the fair, received THC chocolate and ended up in the hospital.

Immediately after news broke about the illness claims, LivWell owners made it clear that any marijuana-infused candy samples given away at the fair were distributed without their knowledge or the company's sanction.

They also offered to cover medical expenses incurred by fair attendees who were sickened, even reaching out personally to Jones, who's not listed among the new plaintiffs. But half a dozen other people are.

Continue for more about the amended lawsuit over pot edibles at the Denver County Fair, including more photos and the complete document. Coombs remains among the current plaintiffs and Mitchell is now on board, joined by Adam Carr, Jerelyn Jayme, Gregory C. Lindfors, Brian Ruden and Haillee Passow -- and their stories are similar to the one told by Coombs. Jayme, the complaint says, "continued to be adversely affected by the THC throughout the day on Monday, August 4, 2014, so much so that she had to leave work early on Monday, August 4, 2014 due to the lingering effects. It was her first day on a new job. From work she sought treatment at The Little Clinic LLC, an urgent care facility, and was prescribed anti-nausea medication. She continued to feel the adverse effects of the THC for several days."

Mitchell is said to have an even tougher time. After a trip to the emergency room, during which she was diagnosed with a "THC overdose," the suit states that she "missed one week of work due to the lingering effects...and suffered lost wages in an amount to be proven at trial."


As for how many that is, the complaint maintains: "The Class is so numerous that joinder of all Class Members is impractical. Upon information and belief, the class as initially defined includes in excess of 100 individuals."

The implication: Even more names could be added as plaintiffs over time.

Here's the amended complaint.

Coombs v. Beyond Broadway Amended Complaint

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