Fake Weed Cartridges Are Still Popping Up Across the Country
As cannabis vape cartridges become increasingly popular in legal markets, their demand is rising in black markets, too.
Published on April 22, 2019

Photo credit: Caitlin Donohue

According to news headlines around the country, weed cartridges are still hot items in black markets throughout the US.

Police beats say local authorities recently seized carts in New Jersey, Nebraska, Delaware, Florida, Indiana, Ohio, and Massachusetts.

Although some of the above-mentioned states, like Ohio and Massachusetts, have medical or recreational weed laws on the books, suspects in those states were busted with other (read: real) illicit drugs (e.g. cocaine) or because they exceeded legal possession limits.

In other states, like Nebraska and Indiana, THC-rich weed and other weed-infused products are completely outlawed.

Some of the recent news stories read like Onion headlines, too. For instance, cops found weed cartridges in Indiana that resembled kids cereal boxes. One New Jersey case cited a teenager who stabbed a man over a cannabis-cartridge deal gone wrong. Who stabs someone over weed these days?  

Weed cartridges have become uber-popular over the past year due to their small sizes and discreet appearances, as they look (and sometimes smell) like nicotine vape pens. However, their popularity has provided opportunities for bad actors to sling fake cartridges in legal and prohibition markets. 

Not sure if you got a bunk bud cart or the real deal? Check out some examples of fake cartridges in the gallery below.

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Based in Denver, Randy studied cannabinoid science while getting a degree in molecular biology at the University of Colorado. When not writing about cannabis, science, politics, or LGBT issues, they can be found exploring nature somewhere in the Rocky Mountains. Catch Randy on Twitter and Instagram @randieseljay
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