South Park took a different hit at the marijuana dispensary chain MedMen in an episode that aired on Wednesday.
As sales commence dropping at the fictional cannabis company “Tegridy Farms,” the owner, Randy Marsh, investigates and finds that former shoppers are increasingly cultivating their personal marijuana.
“When you develop your personal pot, you are taking weed out of my children’s mouths,” he says.
He enlists his son Stan to testify in front of the City Council, raising fictitious issues about the dangers of enabling property develop.
“What’s occurred to our nation? People today are becoming wronged by a broken method and we will have to say no much more. No much more property grown marijuana,” Stan says. “As the son of a proud American farmer, I am concerned about what property grown can lead to.”
“People can develop weed incorrect and poison themselves,” he continues. “Unscrupulous growers could use affordable irrigation and drown babies. The truth is straightforward, marijuana will have to be grown with Tegridy.”
When the nearby government declines to intervene, two men and women who explicitly determine as MedMen representatives show up at Stan’s farm.
Watch the episode in complete right here.
“We represent a billion dollar marijuana business. You look to be fighting the very same fight we are,” a single representative says. “We just want to assist you. Ever heard of MedMen?”
“We have a prevalent trouble: property grown weed,” he says, as the trio shares a joint.
“We’re just worried about security, you know? Babies drowning in irrigation and such,” the other particular person adds.
Stan agrees that babies drowning is no great and anticipates the deal the business desires to supply.
“So you guys want to place all our income collectively and we go fuck this town up so no one can ever develop their personal weed once more? I’m entirely in,” he says.
Even though deeply hyperbolic, the episode appears to draw from a true-life criticism of the marijuana business. MedMen was component of a New York-primarily based healthcare cannabis association that sent a policy statement to Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) final year, urging him not to enable a property cultivation choice in legalization legislation—a request he ended up following in his proposal to lawmakers.
MedMen told Marijuana Moment at the time that it supports a property develop choice but declined to answer precise queries about the company’s involvement in drafting the document.
In the actual policy statement, the association produced arguments against property develop that seem to be the basis of the South Park jokes. For instance, the groups expressed issues that marijuana cultivated for individual use could include noxious pesticides and other contaminates—though there wasn’t any language about babies drowning.
MedMen did not respond to a request for comment on the episode’s portrayal of the business by the time of publication.
In a different scene, Tegridy Farms company companion Towelie asks Randy if he produced “a deal with a different weed business.” Here’s the exchange:
Randy: Yes, Towelie, I’m operating on a merger with MedMen
Towelie: MedMen? But these guys are posers.
Randy: We have a deal in the functions to place a quit to property growers when and for all.
Towelie: Jesus, I knew a guy when who believed weed must be for everybody—a guy who believed in integrity. I do not fully grasp who you even are any longer.
The scene ends with Randy asking what’s “wrong with attempting to guard our company,” to which Towelie responds “weed is not supposed to be some income-grabbing company model” and that it is “a present from God and not a thing to be exploited by some stupid towel.”
This is not the initial time South Park has appeared to knock MedMen.
In July, the show released a fictional ad for Tegridy Farms that contrasted its company model with that of a important marijuana corporation that resembles MedMen, even though the business wasn’t described by name. The ad is in the very same style as a true a single the MedMen released in partnership with filmmaker Spike Jonze in February.
MedMen is backing a proposed Florida marijuana legalization ballot initiative that tends to make no provision for property increasing, but an Arizona measure it is assisting to fund does enable for individual cultivation.
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