Spoiler Alert: If you’re going to play around with Mario Carts, best to stick to the ones that only work on your video game console.
Image viaWith the exploding popularity of weed vapes comes an equally rising popularity in unlicensed, untested, and potentially life-threatening counterfeit weed vapes.And spoiler alert! The hot new Carts that’ve popped up on the illicit markets are incredibly fake. Puff on them at your own risk — to your health and your freedom — as people are now facing prison time for peddling these dangerous products.
So-called “Mario Carts” look incredibly appealing, especially to kids, who will instantly be enticed by the fun and adventurous packaging. So, for the uninitiated, how can you tell that these are fake, unlicensed products? Keep reading.
The first, and biggest clue, that Mario Carts are fake is the fact that they’re biting the Mario Bros. characters, designs, and titles trademarked by Nintendo Co., Ltd. Nintendo, which is based in Tokyo, Japan — a country where marijuana is beyond outlawed.
And unlike the US, where we have a cultural tradition of bucking the system and challenging federal laws, no such rebellious tradition is respected in Japan. Trust us: If Nintendo got into the weed game, MERRY JANE would be one of the first media outlets to let you know.
As far as we know, Nintendo has never announced that it would lend its characters, titles, or their likeness to an American weed vape company. If Nintendo ever did that, they’d issue a press release ASAP.
Note the spelling, too. “Mario Carts” is spelled with a “C” on “carts,” whereas “Mario Kart,” the Nintendo game, is spelled with a “K.”
Previously, even state-licensed, legal weed companies have been sued for biting trademarks. The weed strains “Girl Scout Cookies” and “Gorilla Glue #4” both switched to new, trademark-neutral names (GSC and GG#4, respectively) after their breeders were taken to court.
Cease-and-desist orders were also issued to weed products named after Disney characters and edibles manufacturers that copied mainstream candies. Big-name companies are not playing around when it comes to pot producers riding their coattails into undeserved fortunes.