Are “Mario Carts” Legit? And What Do Fake Vape Carts Look Like?

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 Mario 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.


Mario Carts Violate Major Trademarks

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.


It says it’s lab tested — but no proof of lab results

Packages Do Not Contain Lab Test Results

The second biggest clue that Mario Carts are fake is the complete absence of lab test results anywhere on their packaging, nor do they include specific THC values for their products.

Every licensed, lab-tested weed product should contain lab test results and an exact THC value for that particular product batch. If the information is not included on the package, it should be included somewhere on the vape cartridge itself.

Lab Results for Mario Carts Products Look Bad

Although whoever produces Mario Carts hasn’t tested their products, other people have, independently.

Those results are not flattering for Mario Carts either, as the THC values from the test were way below what was reported on the package. Additionally, the tested carts contained way more contaminants than allowed by law.

One test reported by Dab Connection showed that a Mario Cart product claimed to contain 83-87 percent THC, but the cart itself only had 69 percent THC when tested.

That may look like splitting hairs to some consumers, but for the results to vary that wildly indicates that something is very, very wrong.

No weed product coming that short under its purported THC values should be allowed on the legal markets. Typically, the state (or company) would issue a recall if that happened.


No One Knows Who Produces Mario Carts

If you’re ever in doubt as to whether a vape cart is legit, check its packaging for company information. If you can’t find any company info on the package, look for the vape brand’s website online.

In Mario Carts’ case, you won’t be able to track down either. No one knows who’s making these carts or who the distributor is. Furthermore, there is no company website for Mario Carts, so there’s no way to look up the company’s info, or to even contact the producer.

Transparency is king right now in the compliant, state-legal weed industry. Pot companies want the public and the state regulators to know that they aren’t hiding anything.

Legit vape producers often list all of their authorized retailers on their websites, as well. If it seems like a vape producer is hiding who they really are, or making it incredibly difficult to track them down, you’ve likely got a fake on your hands.


Why It’s Important to Only Buy Legit, Licensed Vape Products

Since Mario Carts are unlicensed and not lab-tested, you have no idea what’s in the oil or if the carts were made in compliance with state and federal safety regulations.

There’s a vaping illness crisis rocking the US right now, which has sent over 1,600 people to the hospital and killed at least 34. Authorities still don’t know what’s causing the illness, but they suspect that unlicensed, unregulated, underground vape products are responsible — like those offered by whoever’s slinging Mario Carts.

If you’re buying illicit vape carts because of their pricing, know that Mario Carts’ prices are on par with licensed and tested products you can purchase in weed-legal states. But if you’re buying illicit carts because weed isn’t yet legal in your state, consider writing to your lawmakers or volunteering with some advocacy groups to get the laws changed where you live. Stay safe out there!

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Banana Kush

This legendary West Coast strain crosses Ghost OG and Skunk Haze to create an indica-dominant hybrid that tastes and smells like a bushel of fresh bananas. Banana Kush tends to provide a mellow buzz alongside a relaxed sense of euphoria. A great choice when dealing with stressor depression, Banana Kush also helps stimulate your creative juices and can help you remain talkative in social settings.
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Cookies Kush from Barney's Coffeeshop combines Girl Scout Cookies with the Rolex phenotype of OG Kush, resulting in a potent indica cross worthy of 1st place in High Times' 2014 Amsterdam Cannabis Cup in the "Best Coffeeshop Strain" category.
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Fire OG

Known for being one of the strongest of the OG strains, Fire OG has a strong scent similar to Lemon Pledge and an effect that can last up to 3 hours. With parents of OG Kush and San Fernando Valley OG Kush F3, the THC can be up to 20% with a CBD of 0.36%. The plant has frost covered nuggets with red hairs, giving the appearance that it is on fire--where the name Fire OG comes from. Flowering time is generally 9-10 weeks.
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Gelato (also referred to as "Larry Bird") is another tantalizing hybrid cannabis strain from Cookie Fam Genetics, following in the footsteps of its parents Sunset Sherbet and Thin Mint GSC. This Bay Area, California native gets its name from the fruity, dessert-like aroma, a common genetic thread among the Cookie family. Her buds tend to bloom in dark purple hues illuminated by fiery orange hairs and a shining white coat of crystal resin. Novice consumers may want to approach this THC powerhouse with caution, but those armed with a high tolerance will delight in Gelato’s heavy-handed euphoria. Physical relaxation comes on strong, but many find themselves still mentally agile enough to stay productive and creative when enjoying Gelato during the day.

Ghost OG

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Ghost OG, a cut of OG Kush, is a hybrid strain loved for its balanced cerebral and body effects. Often described as simultaneously potent and non-intrusive, Ghost OG has won itself Cup awards and renown among consumers. Its strong citrus smell and crystal-covered buds hint at this strain’s strong genetics and its ability to annihilate pain, insomnia, depression, and anxiety.
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Gorilla Glue GG4

Original Glue (GG4), developed by GG Strains, is a potent hybrid strain that delivers heavy-handed euphoria and relaxation, leaving you feeling “glued” to the couch. Its chunky, resin-covered buds fill the room with pungent earthy and sour aromas inherited from its parent strains, Chem’s SisterSour Dubb, and Chocolate Diesel. Taking first place in both the Michigan and Los Angeles 2014 Cannabis Cups as well as the High Times Jamaican World Cup, this multiple award-winning hybrid's supremacy is no longer a secret, and consumers will search far and wide to get their hands sticky with Original Glue (GG4).
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Bred by Growing Passion, Lemonchello 28 is a well-balanced hybrid cross of The Original Lemonnade and Cherry Pie. It produces compact green and purple buds with orange hairs and a thick coat of resin. With a delightful flavor profile of lemon and cherry with crisp citrus overtones, Lemoncello 28 leaves consumers feeling mellow and relaxed.
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MAC 1, also known as Miracle Alien Cookies and simply MAC, is a balanced 50/50 hybrid strain
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Mai Tai is a CBD-rich hybrid strain bred by Terraform Genetics, who crossed Alien Orange Cookies and ACDC.  She took 1st place for “Best CBD Flower” at the 2016 High Times Cannabis Cup in Los Angeles. This hybrid is very frosty compared to most CBD strains and has a unique aroma of cherries and orange peels.  With a high that is very relaxing and yet functional, patients would typically choose this strain for pain and anxiety. Her flowers have a dense structure similar to that of Girl Scout Cookies and are ready for harvest after a flowering cycle of 50-55 days. This wonderful strain won 1st Place for Best CBD Flower at the 2016 High Times Cannabis Cup in Los Angeles and 2nd Place for Best CBD Concentrate at the 2016 High Times Concentrate Cup.

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Classic Mario carts t-shirt. Fresh design, stand out amongst the vape cartridge smokers.
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NY Sour Diesel

Bred by Soma Sacred Seeds, NYC Diesel (or Soma Sour Diesel) is a 60% sativa-dominant cross between Mexican and Afghani landraces. This strain provides strong cerebral effects that ease into a deep, full-body relaxation over time. A pungent lime and grapefruit aroma is the mark of a high quality batch, like those that won this strain five Cannabis Cup trophies in the early 2000s. NYC Diesel’s happy, talkative qualities make this hybrid a good choice for social activities and many anxiety-prone consumers praise it for its paranoia-free effects.
PIE HOE Mario Carts


Coming from Cannarado, Pie Hoe crosses Grape Pie and Tahoe OG. Pie Hoe was developed in Colorado and then sent to the Jungle Boyz in L.A., who selected the best pheno to give it traction to become a new favorite. An incredibly dank OG with a bit of grape flavor, Pie Hoe is a gassy, fruity, and pungent strain that will make your mouth water. Its high is not for the faint of heart, as it will swallow you up into a state of bliss for hours before slowly fading away.