Is Fentanyl-Tainted Marijuana “Something Real” or “Just an Urban Legend?”

Source: Reason
by Jacob Sullum

“Taken at face value, recent reports of fentanyl-tainted marijuana in Connecticut highlight the hazards inherent in the black market created by drug prohibition. Consumers who buy illegal drugs rarely know for sure exactly what they are getting, and the retail-level dealers who sell those drugs to them may be equally in the dark. But even in a market where such uncertainty prevails, opioid overdoses among drug users who claim to have consumed nothing but cannabis — like earlier, better documented reports of fentanyl mixed with cocaine — raise puzzling questions about what is going on. One thing seems clear: The official warnings prompted by those reports are more alarming than the evidence justifies.” (11/23/21)