Tom Hanks Debunks Hoax Claiming He Endorsed a Fake CBD Brand

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If
you
spend
any
time
on
the
internet,
you
may
have
come
across
a
meme
showing
Oscar-winner
Tom
Hanks
endorsing
a


CBD

brand
with
a
glowing
review.
But,
as
the
saying
goes,
it’s
fake
news.

On
Tuesday,
Hanks
took
to
Instagram
to
clear
the
air.
He
included
a
copy
of
the
image
making
the
social-media
rounds
that
includes
a
hoax
quote
claiming
he
was
“already
feeling
like
a
new”
person
after
using
CannaPro’s
CBD
products
for
just
two
weeks.

“This
is
false
and
an
intentional
hoax,”
the

Forrest
Gump

star
wrote
in
his
Instagram
post.
“I’ve
never
said
this
and
would
never
make
such
an
endorsement.
Come
on,
man!
Hanx!”

Another
celebrity
got
caught
up
in
the
hoax,
as
well.
Dr.
Oz,
a
popular
science
TV
personality,
got
name-dropped
in
that
faux
Hanks
image.
And
Dr.
Oz
also
says
he
has
nothing
to
do
with
CannaPro
CBD
and
hasn’t
publicly
backed
any
other
weed
companies,
either.

Oddly
enough,
this
isn’t
the
first
time
someone
used
Hanks’s
likeness
to
hock
a
fake
CBD
product.
In
July
of
last
year,
a
similar
image
got
blasted
on
social
media
with
a
fake
quote
purporting
that
Hanks
promoted
Cali
Naturals’
CBD
brand.

What’s
going
on?
Is
this
all
for
cheap
and
transient
laughs
online,
or
are
people
actually
getting
ripped
off
by
these
images?
According
to



TODAY
,
scammers
are
pretending
to
represent
legitimate
cannabis
companies
to
milk
gullible
folks
of
their
hard-earned
money.
Often,
these
scammers
will
sling


fake
or
unregulated
products

through
their
websites,
then
change
the
website
names
or
links
to
avoid
contact
with
disgruntled
“customers.” 

“There
is
a
whole
army
of
people
who
are
difficult
to
find
that
are
using
changing
sets
of
hyperlinks
that
may
only
last
for
a
couple
days,
but
they’re
all
there
to
avoid
detection,”
Steve
Baker,
a
representative
of
the
Better
Business
Bureau,
told



TODAY
.
“Even
if
a
link
no
longer
works,
that
doesn’t
mean
that
the
same
claims
aren’t
being
made
for
the
product
somewhere
else.”

A
close
inspection
of
the
CannaPro
CBD


website

will
reveal
that,
yeah,
it’s
probably
a
scam.
Besides
lacking
any
kind
of
company
contact
information,
CannaPro
CBD
claims
its
oil
products
can
help
you
“Heal
Like
a
Pro.”
The


FDA
has
been
cracking
down

on
any
and
all
CBD
companies
making
unfounded
health
claims
for
their
products.
If
CannaPro
CBD
is
trying
to
stay
in
business,
its
current
strategy
is
exactly
the
opposite
of
what
it
should
be
doing
right
now.

The
Hanks
hoax
has
affected
another
company,
known
as
just
CannaPro,
which
sells
gardening
and
crop-processing
equipment.
CannaPro,
presumably
caught
up
in
the
drama
due
to
the
similar
brand
name,
announced
it
wasn’t
involved.
On
the
company’s


contact
page
,
it
wrote:


IT
HAS
COME
TO
OUR
ATTENTION
THAT
AN
INDIVIDUAL
OR
GROUP
GOING
BY
THE
NAME
OF
CANNAPRO
IS
SCAMMING
PEOPLE
FOR
A
CBD
PRODUCT
OR
PRODUCTS
IN
THE
USA.
THIS
IS
NOT
US!
 WE
DO
NOT
SELL
CBD
PRODUCTS
AND
WE
ARE
NOT
LOCATED
IN
THE
USA
OR
AFFILIATED
WITH
THIS
GROUP
WHATSOEVER.

So,
there
you
have
it.
Neither
Tom
Hanks
nor
Dr.
Oz
endorse
CannaPro
CBD’s
weed
products.
Besides,
the
cannabis
market
is
saturated
with
celebrity
brands
right
now.


Willie
Nelson
,


Tommy
Chong
,


Martha
Stewart
,


Uncle
Snoop
,


Lil
Wayne
,


Post
Malone
,


Diddy,
Mark
Wahlberg
,


Jay-Z
,


Drizzy
Drake
,


Carlos
Santana
,


Jimmy
Buffet
,


Bella
Thorne
,
and
a
horde
of
other
celebs
now
have
their
own
weed
brands
or
have
partnered
with
one.
If
Hanks
actually
lent
his
name
or
support
to
a
cannabis
company,
you
would
have
heard
about
it
by
now
(including
here
on
MERRY
JANE). 

But
we
have
an
idea
for
how
Hanks

could

stand
out
from
his
A-list
competitors,
if
he
truly
wanted
to
jump
into
the
ganja
game:
He
could
film
himself
banging
a


30-gram
dab
,
then
cloud-nine
the
camera
when
exhaling.
Extra
points
for
coughing
a
full
30
seconds
afterward. 

That
may
not
impress
the
squares
or
the
narcs,
but
it’ll
definitely
get
cheers
from
the
real
cannabis
community. 


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