Tests Show Bootleg Marijuana Vapes Tainted With Pesticides | NBC News Now

Tests Show Bootleg Marijuana Vapes Tainted With Pesticides | NBC News Now


MAKING IT ONTO THE STREETS AND INTO PEOPLE’S LUNGS. INTO PEOPLE’S LUNGS.>>Reporter: OUR INVESTIGATION>>Reporter: OUR INVESTIGATION TOOK US TO DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES, TOOK US TO DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES, WHERE IN A 12-BLOCK RADIUS, WE WHERE IN A 12-BLOCK RADIUS, WE SAW DOZENS AND DOZENS OF STORE SAW DOZENS AND DOZENS OF STORE FRONTS ADVERTISING VAPING FRONTS ADVERTISING VAPING PRODUCTS. PRODUCTS. WE’RE IN PURSUIT OF WHAT BLACK WE’RE IN PURSUIT OF WHAT BLACK MARKET OPERATORS COME HERE MARKET OPERATORS COME HERE FOR — THE EMPTY PACKAGING AND FOR — THE EMPTY PACKAGING AND CARTRIDGES THAT THEY SELL WITH CARTRIDGES THAT THEY SELL WITH CHEAP AND OFTEN TAINTED CHEAP AND OFTEN TAINTED SUBSTANCES. SUBSTANCES. SOLD AT LEGITIMATE THC PRODUCTS. SOLD AT LEGITIMATE THC PRODUCTS. WITHIN MINUTES, WE SCORE. WITHIN MINUTES, WE SCORE. WE WERE ABLE TO GO IN ONE SHOP, WE WERE ABLE TO GO IN ONE SHOP, ONE-STOP SHOPPING, BUY THESE ONE-STOP SHOPPING, BUY THESE DANK VAPE CONTAINERS, THE DANK VAPE CONTAINERS, THE PACKAGING, AND 100 OF THE PACKAGING, AND 100 OF THE CARTRIDGES INTO WHICH YOU CAN CARTRIDGES INTO WHICH YOU CAN PUT WHATEVER YOU WANT. PUT WHATEVER YOU WANT. THERE’S NO ID, NO TAX, NO THERE’S NO ID, NO TAX, NO NOTHING. NOTHING. IN FACT, WE’RE LOOKING FOR THIS IN FACT, WE’RE LOOKING FOR THIS PARTICULAR TYPE OF PACKAGING, PARTICULAR TYPE OF PACKAGING, DANK VAPES, AS WE HEARD THE DANK VAPES, AS WE HEARD THE BRAND SPAWNED A NEW TERM, BRAND SPAWNED A NEW TERM, DANKING, THE USE OF CHEAP BLACK DANKING, THE USE OF CHEAP BLACK MARKET THC OIL. MARKET THC OIL. THE CDC LAST WEEK CONFIRMING OF THE CDC LAST WEEK CONFIRMING OF THOSE PATIENTS IN WISCONSIN AND THOSE PATIENTS IN WISCONSIN AND ILLINOIS WHO HAD REPORTED VAPING ILLINOIS WHO HAD REPORTED VAPING THC, THE DANK VAPES BRAND WAS THC, THE DANK VAPES BRAND WAS USED BY A STAGGERING 66% OF USED BY A STAGGERING 66% OF THEM. THEM. WE HAD ALREADY TALKED TO A YOUNG WE HAD ALREADY TALKED TO A YOUNG MAN IN CALIFORNIA, 19-YEAR-OLD MAN IN CALIFORNIA, 19-YEAR-OLD FABIAN CASTILLO WHO SAID HE USED FABIAN CASTILLO WHO SAID HE USED DANK VAPES AND ENDED UP IN A DANK VAPES AND ENDED UP IN A MEDICALLY INDUCED COMA FOR NINE MEDICALLY INDUCED COMA FOR NINE DAYS. DAYS.>>I COULDN’T BREATHE, I>>I COULDN’T BREATHE, I COULDN’T TALK, I LITERALLY COULDN’T TALK, I LITERALLY COULDN’T MOVE MY HANDS. COULDN’T MOVE MY HANDS. I REMEMBER TALKING TO THIS I REMEMBER TALKING TO THIS DOCTOR AND SAYING, IF I GO, I DOCTOR AND SAYING, IF I GO, I JUST — MAKE SURE I — TELL MY JUST — MAKE SURE I — TELL MY MOM I SAID I LOVE HER. MOM I SAID I LOVE HER.>>Reporter: YOU’RE ONLY OUT OF>>Reporter: YOU’RE ONLY OUT OF THE HOSPITAL ABOUT A MONTH. THE HOSPITAL ABOUT A MONTH.>>YEAH.>>YEAH.>>Reporter: DO YOU HAVE ANY>>Reporter: DO YOU HAVE ANY LASTING EFFECTS FROM WHAT LASTING EFFECTS FROM WHAT HAPPENED? HAPPENED?>>I HAVE THESE — LIKE THESE>>I HAVE THESE — LIKE THESE WEIRD TWITCHES. WEIRD TWITCHES. IT FEELS LIKE I’M ZONING OUT AND IT FEELS LIKE I’M ZONING OUT AND IT FEELS LIKE I’M FALLING. IT FEELS LIKE I’M FALLING. I CATCH MYSELF AND IT LOOKS LIKE I CATCH MYSELF AND IT LOOKS LIKE I’M STARTLED. I’M STARTLED.>>Reporter: THERE IT IS.>>Reporter: THERE IT IS. HIS MOTHER, PATRICIA, WHO WORKS HIS MOTHER, PATRICIA, WHO WORKS FOR A POLICE OFFICER IN FOR A POLICE OFFICER IN CALIFORNIA ASKED SOMEONE TO CALIFORNIA ASKED SOMEONE TO INSPECT THE CARTRIDGE FABIAN INSPECT THE CARTRIDGE FABIAN USED. USED.>>IT’S A MOLECULE AWAY FROM A>>IT’S A MOLECULE AWAY FROM A PESTICIDE IS WHAT WE’RE LOOKING PESTICIDE IS WHAT WE’RE LOOKING AT. AT.>>Reporter: TO SEE FOR>>Reporter: TO SEE FOR OURSELVES, WE WENT TO ONE OF THE OURSELVES, WE WENT TO ONE OF THE LEADING CANNABIS TESTING PLACES LEADING CANNABIS TESTING PLACES IN THE NATION. IN THE NATION. WE BROUGHT THREE BRANDS OF LEGAL WE BROUGHT THREE BRANDS OF LEGAL THC CARTRIDGES AND THEY THC CARTRIDGES AND THEY CONTAINED THREE ILLICIT CONTAINED THREE ILLICIT VARIETIES. VARIETIES.>>FOR THE LEGAL PART, THEY GOT>>FOR THE LEGAL PART, THEY GOT AN A-PLUS. AN A-PLUS. THEY MAKE THC, FREE OF HARMFUL THEY MAKE THC, FREE OF HARMFUL ADULT RATS AND NONE CONTAIN ADULT RATS AND NONE CONTAIN VITAMIN E IN THE OILS. VITAMIN E IN THE OILS. UNFORTUNATELY, EVERY SINGLE ONE UNFORTUNATELY, EVERY SINGLE ONE HAS SOME HARMFUL PESTICIDE IN IT HAS SOME HARMFUL PESTICIDE IN IT OR IN 13 OF 15 HAD SOME LEVEL OF OR IN 13 OF 15 HAD SOME LEVEL OF VITAMIN E OIL. VITAMIN E OIL. NO ONE SHOULD WANT THIS TO BE NO ONE SHOULD WANT THIS TO BE AVAILABLE FOR ANY CITIZEN TO AVAILABLE FOR ANY CITIZEN TO PARTAKE IN. PARTAKE IN.>>Reporter: I TALKED TO A YOUNG>>Reporter: I TALKED TO A YOUNG MAN NAMED FABIAN USING THE DANG MAN NAMED FABIAN USING THE DANG GORILLA BLUE. GORILLA BLUE.>>WE HAD TWO SAMPLES FROM THE>>WE HAD TWO SAMPLES FROM THE DELIVERY COME IN DANK, LABELED DELIVERY COME IN DANK, LABELED AS SUCH, AND THEY HAD THE AS SUCH, AND THEY HAD THE HIGHEST ARRAY OF PESTICIDE. HIGHEST ARRAY OF PESTICIDE. ONE SAMPLE HAD 51 TIMES THE ONE SAMPLE HAD 51 TIMES THE LEGAL LIMIT. LEGAL LIMIT. THEY ALSO HAD THE SAME VITAMIN E THEY ALSO HAD THE SAME VITAMIN E OIL. OIL.>>Reporter: IT’S A DEADLY>>Reporter: IT’S A DEADLY COMBO. COMBO.>>SIMPLY BECAUSE YOU DON’T KNOW>>SIMPLY BECAUSE YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU’RE GETTING. WHAT YOU’RE GETTING.>>Reporter: IT’S ALSO HIGHLY>>Reporter: IT’S ALSO HIGHLY LUCRATIVE AND MAKING LOTS OF LUCRATIVE AND MAKING LOTS OF PEOPLE VERY WEALTHY, SAYS DAVID PEOPLE VERY WEALTHY, SAYS DAVID DOWNS, WHO REPORTS FOR LEAFLY, A DOWNS, WHO REPORTS FOR LEAFLY, A PUBLICATION THAT COVERS THE PUBLICATION THAT COVERS THE CANNABIS INDUSTRY. CANNABIS INDUSTRY.>>THE U.S. HAS A $52 BILLION>>THE U.S. HAS A $52 BILLION CANNABIS INDUSTRY AND ONLY CANNABIS INDUSTRY AND ONLY ONE-QUARTER IS TAXED AND TESTED. ONE-QUARTER IS TAXED AND TESTED. MAYBE $5 BILLION IN THE IT. MAYBE $5 BILLION IN THE IT. HC CART BASE ALONE AND SO THAT HC CART BASE ALONE AND SO THAT ATTRACTS BLACK MARKET OPERATORS. ATTRACTS BLACK MARKET OPERATORS.>>Reporter: THAT MEANS NEARLY>>Reporter: THAT MEANS NEARLY $40 BILLION A YEAR BEING PUMPED $40 BILLION A YEAR BEING PUMPED INTO THE BLACK MARKET FROM INTO THE BLACK MARKET FROM CANNABIS PRODUCTS. CANNABIS PRODUCTS.>>THIS ALL STARTS IN CHINA.>>THIS ALL STARTS IN CHINA.>>Reporter: AS WE SAW IN THE>>Reporter: AS WE SAW IN THE STORE WHERE WE PURCHASED THE STORE WHERE WE PURCHASED THE DANK VAPES. DANK VAPES. CARTON AFTER CARTON LABELED, CARTON AFTER CARTON LABELED, MADE IN CHINA TO USA. MADE IN CHINA TO USA.>>YOU CAN PICK UP COUNTERFEIT>>YOU CAN PICK UP COUNTERFEIT PACKAGING DESIGNED TO LOOK PACKAGING DESIGNED TO LOOK EXACTLY LIKE LEGAL LICENSED EXACTLY LIKE LEGAL LICENSED PACKAGING. PACKAGING. YEAH, I’VE BEEN SAYING, LOOK, IF YEAH, I’VE BEEN SAYING, LOOK, IF YOU BUY A FAKE GUCCI PURSE, IT’S YOU BUY A FAKE GUCCI PURSE, IT’S NOT GOING TO GIVE YOU A LUNG NOT GOING TO GIVE YOU A LUNG INJURY BUT IF YOU BUY A FAKE INJURY BUT IF YOU BUY A FAKE VAPE CART, IT JUST MIGHT.

16 thoughts on “Tests Show Bootleg Marijuana Vapes Tainted With Pesticides | NBC News Now

  • Hemp and cannabis pull EVERYTHING from the soil. When processed, anything that was in the soil is amplified. Organic soil is a must for hemp and cannabis.

  • It would be safest to educate yourself on the proper care of cannabis plants, grow your own and use it in edibles.

  • This is all because of PROHIBITION on pot. Corporate greed. And Racism. “The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people. You understand what I’m saying? We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.” John Ehrlichman
    #TULSI2020 she said she'd end pot prohibition. Not tax it, FREE IT!
    Make it like tomatoes, cheaper by the pound.

  • All Democratic states and NY Cumo started it., yeah Democrats wanted socialism …well they got it…Lol
    many jumping on board for free Money in lawsuits, as expected, but justified kids don't need a lifetime addictions on Nicotine, and juice can be tampered with and when they get sick the states pay, so yeah it's fk'd at this point, see ya vapors with the cig smokers in the rain in the Cold at the curb treated like drug addicts of society, the worst of the worse, better off using heroin eh

  • Good news story, better than all the other ones who just say vaping in general and dont let them know that it's because of illegal marrijuana black market cartridges.

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