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It's a widely known vape cartridge in the marijuana economy, but it´s not a licensed brand. And it´s got the kind of market buzz no legitimate company would want.
The vape cartridges that go by the catchy, one-syllable name 'Dank' - a slang word for highly potent cannabis - are figuring prominently in the federal investigation to determine what has caused a rash of mysterious and sometimes fatal lung illnesses apparently linked to vaping.
Cases - Products - Marijuana - Compound - THC
Most, though not all, of the cases have involved products that contain the marijuana compound THC, often obtained from illegal sources.
The suspect Dank vapes are a familiar product in the underground marijuana economy - it´s not a legal, tested brand.
It´s - Name - Box - Cartridge - That´s
It´s merely a name on a box or a cartridge, packaging that´s easily obtained online and used by illicit producers to lure customers.
Neither Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) nor state officials have been willing to blame the spate of illnesses on any one or several particular brand or brands, but investigators keep hearing the name, 'Dank,' from patients.
Boxes - Names - Cherry - Kush - Blue
But with colorful boxes and names like Cherry Kush and Blue Dream, the homemade vapes appear convincing on the shelf.
'It doesn´t look very different from what you can buy in a (legal) dispensary,' said Beverly Hills-based cannabis attorney Allison Margolin.
Investigators - Culprit - Illnesses - Dozens - States
So far, investigators have not identified a culprit in the illnesses reported in dozens of states. But officials say patients have mentioned the Dank name frequently.
Many of the people who got sick in Illinois and Wisconsin, for example, said they used cartridges sold in Dank packaging.
Materials - Dank - Vape - Dank - Boxes
The raw materials to produce a Dank vape are´t hard to find: Ready-to-fill Dank boxes and cartridges can be ordered from Chinese internet sites for pennies apiece.
A Craigslist post last week offered a box stuffed with empty Dank packages for $16....
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