Victoria man sues wife for damages after finding food laced with THC

The husband is seeking unspecified damages after finding an oily substance in his cereal and testing his urine, according to a notice of civil claim in the British Columbia Supreme Court.

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A Victoria man filed a lawsuit against his wife after she admitted adding THC oil, a byproduct of cannabis, to her breakfast cereal and other foods in what she said was an attempt to treat her pain and anxiety. .

The drug had prevented Darren Leith, a real estate investor/agent, from doing his job properly and he lost income and earning opportunities, according to a lawsuit he filed in the British Columbia Supreme Court against Mollie Leith.

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He also suffered “intangible losses, including anger, anguish, humiliation, wounded pride, damaged self-confidence, trauma and loss of faith in others,” he said.

Darren Leith said he asked his wife if she had drugged his cereal after noticing an oily substance in the bowl she had served him one morning nearly two years ago, the lawsuit alleges. He didn’t have time to eat that day, so he “returned the cereal to the cereal box as he hurried out of the house” and noticed the oil, he said.

Before that day, his wife, an addiction counselor, had suggested he take tetrahydrocannabinol, the psychoactive ingredient commonly called THC, for pain and he had purchased the oil several times.

Darren Leith, who has been recovering from alcoholism for more than 14 years, refused to take it, saying it caused anxiety, restlessness and fatigue, and only when hip, back and knee pain was debilitating did he use THC or CBD oil. “very sparingly and for limited periods of time,” the lawsuit said.

When asked about the THC in the cereal, his wife denied drugging her food, the lawsuit alleges.

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Darren Leith bought urine test strips and for five weeks the tests came back positive, he said.

When he confronted his wife in June 2022 with the positive tests, “the defendant admitted that he had been mixing THC into plaintiff’s food to help him with his anxiety,” he alleged.

Darren Leith said he suffered insomnia, fatigue, agitation, restlessness, anxiety, damage to his relationships, digestion problems and weight gain, and is claiming damages for those losses.

“As a result of being drugged by the defendant, the plaintiff suffered marked disability and loss of enjoyment of life, including the loss of genuine and conscious interactions with his children,” he said.

The lawsuit adds that it also seeks punitive damages, which are rarely awarded in Canada and are designed to serve as retribution, deterrence and denunciation.

“Defendant’s actions were malicious, high-handed, and departed markedly from ordinary standards of decency to attract punitive damages,” the lawsuit said.

Darren Leith had been taking pharmaceutical medications to treat his chronic fatigue and anxiety, and since stopping THC, his fatigue and anxiety had decreased, he said.

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None of the allegations have been proven in court.

Calls to Darren Leith and his attorney were not returned, and Mollie Leith could not be reached for comment.

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