South Park took a further hit at the marijuana dispensary chain MedMen in an episode that aired on Wednesday.
As sales commence dropping at the fictional cannabis business enterprise “Tegridy Farms,” the owner, Randy Marsh, investigates and finds that former prospects 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 permitting household develop.
“What’s occurred to our nation? Persons are becoming wronged by a broken program and we should say no much more. No much more household grown marijuana,” Stan says. “As the son of a proud American farmer, I am concerned about what household grown can lead to.”
“People can develop weed incorrect and poison themselves,” he continues. “Unscrupulous growers could use low-cost irrigation and drown babies. The reality is straightforward, marijuana should 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 organization. You appear to be fighting the similar fight we are,” a single representative says. “We just want to aid you. Ever heard of MedMen?”
“We have a widespread challenge: household 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 individual adds.
Stan agrees that babies drowning is no fantastic and anticipates the deal the organization desires to present.
“So you guys want to place all our revenue collectively and we go fuck this town up so no one can ever develop their personal weed once more? I’m completely in,” he says.
Even though deeply hyperbolic, the episode appears to draw from a true-life criticism of the marijuana organization. MedMen was portion 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 permit a household cultivation selection 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 household develop selection but declined to answer particular inquiries about the company’s involvement in drafting the document.
In the actual policy statement, the association created arguments against household 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 organization by the time of publication.
In a further scene, Tegridy Farms business enterprise companion Towelie asks Randy if he created “a deal with a further weed organization.” Here’s the exchange:
Randy: Yes, Towelie, I’m functioning on a merger with MedMen
Towelie: MedMen? But these guys are posers.
Randy: We have a deal in the performs to place a quit to household growers as soon as and for all.
Towelie: Jesus, I knew a guy as soon as who believed weed must be for everybody—a guy who believed in integrity. I do not have an understanding of who you even are any longer.
The scene ends with Randy asking what’s “wrong with attempting to defend our business enterprise,” to which Towelie responds “weed is not supposed to be some revenue-grabbing business enterprise model” and that it is “a present from God and not one thing to be exploited by some stupid towel.”
This is not the 1st time South Park has appeared to knock MedMen.
In July, the show released a fictional ad for Tegridy Farms that contrasted its business enterprise model with that of a key marijuana corporation that resembles MedMen, even though the organization wasn’t described by name. The ad is in the similar 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 household developing, but an Arizona measure it is assisting to fund does permit for individual cultivation.
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