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Mugglehead Magazine
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The weed wire

Trailer Park Boys weed hits legal market, raising questions about legal promotion

The Cannabis Act says characters can’t be used to promote cannabis products

Trailer Park Boys weed hits legal market, raises questions about legal promotion

“I’m not the kind of person to say ‘itodaso’ but you know what? Itodaso. A fuckin’ itodaso,” marketing teams at the Trailer Park Boys brand and Organigram could be telling doubters right now.

Trailer Park Buds branded weed hit New Brunswick’s provincial store Wednesday, materializing a collaboration that was first teased in 2016. Itodaso Indica and Two Birds Sativa products were available for sale today, named after ad-libs from the Showcase TV smash-hit series that grew into a global sensation.

The 4/20 friendly show revolved around a group of friends trying to pull off various get-rich-quick schemes, which almost always involved the growing and selling of cannabis.

In the show, the hilariously misguided crew rarely succeeded in becoming wealthy off of weed, and it looked like a deal with licensed producer Organigram Holdings, Inc. (TSX: OGI) — which was originally announced in 2016 — was doomed for a similar fate.

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Laws outlined in the Cannabis Act strictly prohibit celebrity endorsements of weed products, and were thought to be holding back the Trailer Park Buds from coming to market.

Namely, subsection 17(1) of the Act says weed products can’t be promoted “by means of the depiction of a person, character or animal, whether real or fictional,” nor “by presenting it or any of its brand elements in a manner that associates it or the brand element with, or evokes a positive or negative emotion about or image of, a way of life such as one that includes glamour, recreation, excitement, vitality, risk or daring.”

It stands to reason that the Boys’ buds are promoted by the Trailer Park Boys show and, by association, its characters. The product also appears to be associated with branding elements that evoke positive emotions, e.g. fans of the show who have a positive association with the brand.

So it would seem that the interpretation of those rules has changed, or the rules themselves have shifted but the Act itself hasn’t been updated to reflect those changes.

Mugglehead has reached out to Health Canada and Organigram for comment, and will write a follow-up article with their responses.

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2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. fred

    May 28, 2020 at 2:34 am

    Please its about time we got decent weed for a decent price if it takes the TPB s to do it so be it Its not a major flaw in the Cannibas act but a flaw that needs flatteningout like a curve Its new business and we adaptto the market as we go Please go bad mouth some politican but leave theBoys alone for the first time i can afford to buy weed at the Gov store

  2. TPBFAN

    June 19, 2020 at 4:55 pm

    For FU@K Sakes! The bag of Itodaso we got was Full of immature tiny seeds which makes each puff taste like burning stem or wood and the seeds are to small to plant and takes time and patience to separate out in ur grinder. Also, Very taxing on the lungs and throat. No bees or sticks though! The buzz is mild, nice and relaxing.

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