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  • CartQuest: Tokemon / Pokecarts

    While investigating cartridge brands to determine if they are legit or
    fake, we come upon a bunch of questionable cases. Maybe they're in the
    process of getting licensed, were legit but went out of business, were
    legit but got counterfeited, street brands, and just complete
    mysteries.

    I'm deciding to post them in here, with threads marked "CartQuest." I
    post everything I can find, and then we have notes to pick up research
    later or a thread if anybody can add to it. (It would be NICE if a
    brand could return our calls or emails once, but of course that would
    be too easy.)

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    Today's possible fake cart: Tokemon / Pokecarts (each equally obscure)

    Obviously there's no way this could be legit, but it seems to not even be an operating black market brand.

    Yes, it's a deliberate play on the mega-popular Pokemon franchise (I wrote up here: https://geekydomain.com/pokemon-a-gu...rate-newcomer/ )

    Yes, that is so stupid it makes you want to bang your head on the wall. Be safe, use a pillow.

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    Sightings of Tokemon:

    First off, this story of an 11-year old boy sickened by a synthetic pot cart:
    https://www.victoriaadvocate.com/cou...1f976a869.html
    The reporter implicates this "Tokemon" cart like it was the only brand they were familiar with, so maybe this involved the actual one, maybe not.

    A Redditor asks about them:
    https://old.reddit.com/r/fakecartrid...tokemon_carts/

    This Instagram account seems to be advertising a Tokemon cartridge line:
    https://www.instagram.com/official_t...JJGHooU/?hl=en

    Sightings of Pokecarts:

    The "Pokecarts official account,"
    https://www.instagram.com/pokecartso...account/?hl=en
    ...all 14 posts of it.

    All of one Redditor:
    https://www.reddit.com/r/fakecartrid...ht_from_kanto/

    Leads pan out after these. Some sketchy "maybes," not much evidence of a strong market.

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    Possible conclusions:

    #1 My guess is somebody tried to launch this and found it to be so unpopular even among fake cart vapers that they stopped. Pokemon, even for its adult fans, is aimed at little kids. So not only is selling Pokemon-themed drugs illegal, it's the kind of thing that could get you beat up in jail after you're arrested.

    #2 A hoax by somebody with a slanted sense of humor and Photoshop skills.

    #3: (best guess) There is a line of "Tokemon" cannabis accessories out there already, and somebody decided to make a cart to go with them.

    Click image for larger version  Name:	Tokemon_trays_1.jpg Views:	0 Size:	41.7 KB ID:	782 Tokemon trays
    Click image for larger version  Name:	Pokeball_weed_holder.jpg Views:	0 Size:	899.0 KB ID:	783 Pokeball weed holder
    Click image for larger version  Name:	TokeMon-10g.jpg Views:	0 Size:	77.5 KB ID:	784 Tokemon mylar bag
    Click image for larger version  Name:	Pikachu_stoner_Tshirt.jpg Views:	0 Size:	10.7 KB ID:	785 Pikachu stoner Tshirt
    Click image for larger version  Name:	Tokemon_lighter.jpg Views:	0 Size:	331.2 KB ID:	788 Tokemon butane torch sold at The Dab Lab

    Pokemon is a HUGE worldwide franchise with every product under the sun within it. So it's kind of inevitable that there would be this much crossover. But even this idea seems to be too crass for most consumers. It's like one of those 4chan jokes taken too far. Let's hope it doesn't get any farther.

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