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Marlboro marijuana? Don't be duped by the marijuana cigarette hoax

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Marlboro marijuana might be coming to a smoke shop near you one day, but it won’t be any time soon, despite eager Facebook users eating up the baloney story about the so-called new “Marlboro M” brand of joint and sharing it like a blunt at a frat party.

The Epoch Times on Friday commented on the sham story, originally posted by the satirical website Abril Uno (Spanish of course for April 1, aka April Fool’s Day).

And when we say eating the story up, we mean absolutely gobbling it down without even chewing (or stopping to think for that matter). The bogus story has been shared on Facebook over one million times.

Abril Uno writes:

Phillip Morris, the world’s biggest cigarette producer, announced today that they will join the marijuana legalization bandwagon and start producing marijuana cigarettes. Marketed under the brand “Marlboro M,” the cigarettes will be made available for sale through marijuana-licensed outlets in the state of Colorado, and the state of Washington when it becomes commercially legal there later this year.

That sounds legit enough, since it's playing on the legalization of marijuana in Colorado, except for the fact the story spelled Marlboro cigarette maker “Philip Morris” incorrectly. Then there’s this:

Serafin Norcik, Phillip Morris’ Sr. Vice President for Marketing said in an interview that the company has been high on the idea of marketing cannabis…

Someone is high all right, but it’s not the fictional Mr. Norcik.

The article claims Philip Morris has been “contacting former drug lords in Mexico and Paraguay… for the possibility of setting up a distribution ring across the North and South American continents, to streamline the supply lines.”

In other words, advertising the largest illegal drug funneling operation ever seen in the U.S. But go on, keep believing the claptrap. Like this poor sap, who commented:

“I was quite interested until I got to the part where it told about Phillip Morris being in contact with former drug lords for a possible distribution ring….OMG!!!”

Or this person, who was immediately concerned about the ingredients in the new cigarette:

I'm more worried about what else is mixed in with the weed. If it were pure, natural weed I might think this was okay. But since cigarettes have loads of stuff other than tobacco in them, I'm willing to bet there is also tar and other crap in these.

For those who don't care for the fine print, the site does end with a disclaimer, stating that the entire web page is "satire, parody and spoof" and that "any resemblance to the truth, actual events, actual persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental and is intended purely as a satire, parody or spoof."

But who cares about the truth when the fake news is oh so juicy.

The whole goofy thing sounds a lot like what went down just days after Colorado legalized weed. Another parody site, The Daily Currant, put out an article claiming close to 40 individuals died of a marijuana overdose.

For more on that, read this:

Marijuana overdose? Web site tracks alcohol and weed deaths: You'll be surprised

And while we are on the subject of nonsense news:

Really North Korea? Wonky news report claims dibs on 'landing man on the sun'

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