Blowing smoke? Lawsuit accuses popular cannabis brand of overstating THC content in its joints
Cannabis-infused beverages have been a big trend in America lately. So, when the popular cannabis beverage called “Smile” (not a real “Smiley” as you probably think) went to market, it promised to blow cannabis lovers away — because, as its website reads, “Smile is cannabis, but it’s not ordinary cannabis.” In fact, the new product will actually contain 10 grams of THC per serving — 1,000 milligrams — and a whole bunch else. That’s how many milligrams of THC you need to feel stoned in the morning — and how high you can get while still sipping on the beverage.
So, when Smiley went on to sell, and advertise, its cannabis-infused beverages, it put its new product out for sale on May 4, 2019. It didn’t take too long for people to spot overfilling their cups of sparkling orange juice and sparkling green juice — the drinks have a high concentration of THC. But how high did people get? In California, people claimed they got about 9.2 percent of the recommended dosage of THC. In Colorado, the THC concentration was 4.5.
And, just like that, a class action suit was filed:
An Arizona woman filed a class action lawsuit against cannabis company Pinnacle, claiming she was seriously ill from the company’s “Smile” product, which she bought in Arizona, Minnesota, and elsewhere. The company is now facing multiple lawsuits, claiming it has marketed the product as containing 10 grams of THC per serving.
California-based marijuana company, Pinnacle, is offering “Smile” marijuana beverages, and some of the claims have been made on its website.
She is claiming the company did not warn consumers about its products’ high THC content.
“This is the first class action lawsuit I am aware of that names a company and includes medical references to the plaintiffs’ condition, not just the marijuana itself,” said lawyer Mike Darda.
He added: “We anticipate other consumers will also want to join these class actions and expect the court to approve the certification of these class actions. In addition to medical claims, these cases will seek compensation for medical expenses incurred, loss