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South Park Seems To Take A Jab At Marijuana Company MedMen In Satirical Ad

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South Park took a jab at corporate marijuana in a clip released over the weekend—seemingly riffing off a slick ad that  MedMen published earlier this year—while promoting a fictional cannabis brand called “Tegridy Farms.”

While the segment doesn’t call out the multi-state dispensary chain MedMen by name, it appears to satirize a short film the company released in partnership with director Spike Jonze in February, which took a cinematic look at the history of cannabis prohibition and the growing normalization of the industry.

The South Park clip starts the same way as MedMen’s, discussing the cultivation of hemp by George Washington and the harms of the drug war. But then it shifts to a scene featuring marijuana executives celebrating, with charts in the background showing climbing profits from cannabis sales.

“And then a bunch of young corporate banker types come along telling us we’re all in the ‘new normal’ as they try to turn god’s green miracle into an easy buck for themselves,” the narrator says. “They even hire fancy Hollywood directors to make them look all hip and cool. But you know what? Fuck those guys. They ain’t got no integrity.”

For comparison, watch MedMen’s ad, titled “The New Normal,” below:

MedMen faced criticism from reform advocates after it was reported that the New York Medical Cannabis Industry Association sent a memo urging New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) to keep home cultivation of marijuana illegal while the company was a member of the group.

In a statement to Marijuana Moment at the time, a MedMen representative said the company “respects the right of those who choose to cultivate cannabis for their personal use,” but declined to answer specific questions about its involvement in creating the policy memo.

The company also came under fire for racist and sexist comments its executives allegedly made, a situation that led to its being asked to cut ties with the New York trade association.

A MedMen representative did not return a request for comment on the new South Park clip by the time of publication.

There are some hints in the South Park clip that make it seem like the fictitious Tegridy Farms cannabis brand may morph into a real marijuana business at some point.

The segment comes a year after South Park released an entire episode dedicated to the brand and, in the time since, entities named Tegridy Farms LLC were officially registered in Colorado and Oregon, though it is unclear if one or both of those companies are controlled by South Park personnel or if they were simply inspired by the show.

Meanwhile, a page on the official South Park Tegridy Farms site shows that its creators bought up numerous inactive domain names, including one focused on a specific strain name—”Catotonic Tegridy Bud”—that was mentioned in last year’s episode.

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Tegridy also made an appearance at Comic-Con in San Diego over the weekend, with a free branded t-shirt giveaway.

“The truth is this country has always been people with integrity, all fighting for the one thing they can agree on,” the clip continues. “And that’s why Tegridy is donating 100 percent of profits to charities that work to right the wrongs of the drug war until weed is legal nationwide.”

“You see, that’s Tegridy. Those other guys? No Tegridy,” the narrator says. “Do you want some fucking Tegridy? Don’t you wish everyone had some goddamn Tegridy? Well soon, everyone can.”

Marijuana Moment reached out to Comedy Central and an email listed on the Tegridy Farms website, but representatives did not respond by the time of publication.

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Kyle Jaeger is Marijuana Moment's Los Angeles-based associate editor. His work has also appeared in High Times, VICE and attn.

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NFL Would End Marijuana Suspensions In Deal Approved By Team Owners

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National Football League players would no longer face the possibility of being suspended from games just for testing positive for marijuana under a proposed collective bargaining agreement approved by team owners and circulated to players on Thursday.

The new policy being floated for approval by the the NFL Players Association would also reduce the number of players subject to testing for cannabis and narrow the window when tests can be administered from the current four months to just two weeks at the start of training camp.

The three-page summary of key terms of the union deal also includes an increase in the threshold for positive THC metabolite tests from 35 to 150 nanograms.

The document was first posted on Twitter by sports lawyer Darren Heitner

Initial details of potentially “dramatically reduced penalties” for cannabis in the NFL first began to surface in press reports earlier this month.

If the deal is ratified, the NFL would become the latest major sports league to loosen restrictions for cannabis as a growing number of states enact legalization policies.

Major League Baseball announced in December that it will remove marijuana from its list of banned substances.

After the MLB cannabis change was revealed, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said in interviews that the NFL would likely soon be forced to modernize its approach to marijuana.

NFL team owners approved the terms of the deal on Thursday, with player representatives set to consider it on Friday.

This piece was first published by Forbes.

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NFL Marijuana Penalties Will Be ‘Dramatically Reduced’ Under Deal Being Weighed By Players Union

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The NFL Players Association could soon vote on an agreement with the league that includes sharply reduced penalties for marijuana use by football players and dramatically shortens the annual window during which they may be tested for cannabis and other drugs.

While the proposed changes haven’t been publicly released, the collective bargaining agreement that’s circulating among officials would reportedly make it so players would only be subject to a two-week testing period, instead of the current four-month window that now begins on the unofficial marijuana holiday April 20 (4/20) and ends in August.

Additionally, severe penalties for cannabis offenses would reportedly be lifted. The agreement “would include dramatically reduced penalties, with suspensions happening only in the event of extreme and repeated disregard of the policy or significant violations of applicable law regarding the possession and use of marijuana,” NBC Sports’s ProFootballTalk reported.

The players union has been holding conference calls in recent weeks as representatives decide whether to proceed with the agreement, but if they don’t act soon, it could mean another year of strict cannabis policies within the NFL. Two-thirds of the group must agree to the proposal prior to the start of the new league year on March 18 if they want the policies to take effect for the 2020-2021 season.

If the new collective bargaining agreement isn’t ratified by that time, players would undergo another season where testing positive for marijuana can result in fines, suspension and rehabilitation.

It’s not clear when the revised testing period would begin under the agreement, but it’d generally be more beneficial for players to schedule that window during the offseason.

While the NFL has been slow to back reform, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said in December that they see the writing on the wall and predicted that cannabis policy changes were imminent.

“I think you should expect and will expect an adjustment of the contemporary way or the present way that marijuana is being thought about,” Jones said.

Cannabis policy changes have already been integrated by the Major League Baseball, which announced in December that it was removing marijuana from its list of banned substances. That also followed negotiations between the MLB and its players union.

Meanwhile, a panel created by the NFL and the union said last month that players should be wary of CBD, with members arguing that more research is needed to determine whether the non-intoxicating marijuana compound is safe and effective.

Netflix Blocks Marijuana Shows And Films In Response To Government Demands

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Netflix Blocks Marijuana Shows And Films In Response To Government Demands

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Film and television, for many of us, were the first places we saw cannabis users humanized.

In a society where we were raised to “Just Say No,” who can forget the positive impact when we saw the joyous, peaceful festivities depicted in Woodstock? Who didn’t laugh at rather than scorn classic pot-smoking teenage comedies like Dazed and Confused or Superbad? Who didn’t abandon their own ‘Reefer Madness’ stereotypes after getting schooled on medical cannabis by Sanjay Gupta’s Weed?

But across the Pacific, one country is working to make sure its citizens see no marijuana in moving pictures. According to a new report released by digital streaming giant Netflix, the company complied with several demands from Singapore’s government that they remove content from their service. That includes three pieces of cannabis-themed programming: Cooking on High, The Legend of 420 and Disjointed.

The other two films were Martin Scorsese’s The Last Temptation of Christ and Brazilian comedy The Last Hangover, which also includes overt drug-use and partying themes. Overall, the company disclosed it has received nine take-down requests worldwide since 2015. As first reported on Friday by Axios, Netflix promised that it will continue making these requests public on an annual basis. The content removed only applies to the country that requested the ban, and it can still be accessed in other markets.

Singapore is notorious for having some of the harshest drug control laws in the world. Possession of small amounts of drugs is punished severely with up to ten years in prison, a $20,000 fine or both. Trafficking, which differs by quantity based on the substance, is punishable by execution. You can be put to death for having less than a pound of marijuana, for example.

Singapore’s government doesn’t seem to be interested in global trends towards decriminalization and legalization of cannabis or other drugs. “Examples of other countries have clearly shown that a permissive attitude towards the use of cannabis exacts a high cost on society,” says the national Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB). “Therefore, we have strict laws against the trafficking, possession, consumption, and import or export of illicit drugs, including cannabis and cannabis products.”

Officials have argued that harsh policies coincide with reductions in rates of drug use and substance use disorder. By the CNB’s estimates, “the number of drug abusers arrested each year has declined by two-thirds, from over 6,000 in the early 1990s to about 2,000 last year [2010].” But as to the agency’s claim that marijuana use causes damage to society, available research on the effect of medical cannabis legalization in the U.S. suggests that it does not lead to increased youth use and has a negligible if any effect on people engaging in more risky behaviors such as consuming alcohol or tobacco.

Meanwhile, Singapore’s northern neighbor Malaysia has considered decriminalizing small amounts of all drugs in an attempt to treat substance use disorder as a public health rather than criminal issue. Farther north, Thailand has made progress by legalizing medical marijuana last year.

Read Netflix’s full Environmental Social Governance report below:

Netflix report by Marijuana Moment on Scribd

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