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Is South Park’s Parody of MedMen a Foreshadow of Deeper Ties to Legal Weed?
news  |  Jul 26, 2019

Is South Park’s Parody of MedMen a Foreshadow of Deeper Ties to Legal Weed?

The cartoon’s fictional pot farm, Tegridy, started as a satirical poke at Big Weed. But recent marketing moves may be hinting at the show’s future ambitions for the pot industry. Maybe.

The cartoon’s fictional pot farm, Tegridy, started as a satirical poke at Big Weed. But recent marketing moves may be hinting at the show’s future ambitions for the pot industry. Maybe.

Tegridy Farms started when one stalwart Coloradan, Randy Marsh, became fed up with big-wig, corporate-cannabis types hijacking the Lord’s good weed for mere profits and a little fame. Unlike the moneyed cannabis operations, Tegridy Farms only provides fresh, no-frills cannabis grown from Mother Earth’s soily bosom, with a little sweat from honest work, and a whole lot of heart.

The only thing is, Tegridy Farms isn’t real. At least, it’s not real yet.

Created for last year’s South Park episode of the same name, Tegridy Farms was originally a dig at the explosive rise of so-called Big Weed – massive, multi-million-dollar cannabis retail chains that have begun swallowing up the burgeoning industry’s original mom-and-pop pot shops. A play on the word integrity, Tegridy became yet another of South Park’s ubiquitous catchphrases, a mocking soundbyte that satirizes its subject while simultaneously acknowledging its widespread influence.

randyrobinson

Based in Denver, Randy studied cannabinoid science while getting a degree in molecular biology at the University of Colorado. When not writing about cannabis, science, politics, or LGBT issues, they can be found exploring nature somewhere in the Rocky Mountains. Catch Randy on Twitter and Instagram @randieseljay

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