South Park takes on MedMen again, this time about home growing
Trey Stone and Matt Parker, the creators of South Park, seem to be pretty familiar with the ins and outs of the cannabis industry. They’ve aired another episode this week that takes more shots at the large dispensary chain MedMen, and satirizes a somewhat obscure industry issue: The attempts by industrial producers to try and squash home growing as a potential threat to their business. South Park previously made fun of MedMen’s Spike Jones-directed short film about cannabis, attacking the company for essentially being corporate phonies, just cashing in on the historical fight to legalize cannabis.
The new episode of South Park, released this week, brings back the fictional Tegridy Farms (owned by Randy Marsh on the show), and features two characters who appear as MedMen representatives. In the show, Tegridy Farms is trying to stop home growers from growing their own plants, and Marsh’s arguments against home growing are a parodic echo of some real companies’ (including MedMen) complaints about home growing on a case in New York. Essentially, the industry tried to claim that home grow would negatively affect cannabis and tried to get the state to suppress it (though most industry analysts at the time agreed that there aren’t any problems with home grow, and that the only reason to suppress it was simply corporate greed).
Stone and Parker appear to agree with those analysts — the character Towlie appears to Marsh at the end of the episode, calls MedMen “posers” again, and then says that “weed isn’t supposed to be some money-grabbing business model” and that it is “a gift from God and not something to be exploited by some stupid towel.”
For our part, we agree with South Park — certainly these companies are already making plenty of money selling legal products, and the notion that home grow would somehow hurt them is pretty laughable. And even if it did, would that be so bad? Cannabis is a plant, not a product by itself. Yes, some people might prefer going to a store and buying it professionally grown, or in edible or extract form, but even as legal cannabis gets more and more popular in the US and around the world, there should always be an easy and legal way to put a seed in a pot, and water and take care of it until it blooms into the cannabis we know and love. It’s hard to tell how South Park’s parody will play in the larger public — this isn’t necessarily an issue on the top of everyone’s minds, unless you’re familiar with the current cannabis industry. But as usual, their take on the hypocrisy and greed in modern society is dead on.