"Medicinal Fried Chicken
" is the third episode of the fourteenth season
of the American animated television series South Park
, and the 198th episode of the series overall. It originally aired on Comedy Central
in the United States on March 31, 2010. In the episode, the South Park KFC
is replaced by a medicinal marijuana
dispensary, and Cartman gets involved in black market
selling the KFC chicken. Meanwhile, Randy Marsh
gets a medical referral for marijuana by giving himself testicular cancer
, which makes his testicles grow to grotesquely huge proportions. "Medicinal Fried Chicken" was first broadcast when Colorado was considering revising state medicinal marijuana laws and restricting fast food eateries. The episode provided social commentary against both types of laws, and suggested legislating lifestyle choices is ineffective and inevitably leads to black markets. The concept of a former KFC restaurant becoming a medicinal marijuana store mirrors that of a real life dispensary in Palms, Los Angeles
, designed to resemble a KFC. "Medicinal Fried Chicken" received generally positive reviews, with many commentators praising the social commentary and sophomoric
testicle jokes alike. According to Nielsen Media Research
, the episode was seen by 2.99 million viewers, making it one of the most successful cable programs of the week.
Coffeeshops are establishments in the Netherlands where the sale of cannabis for personal consumption by the public is tolerated by the local authorities (in Dutch called gedoogbeleid). Under the drug policy of the Netherlands, the sale of cannabis products in small quantities is allowed by 'licensed' coffee shops. The majority of these "coffeeshops" (in Dutch written as one word) also serve drinks and food. Coffeeshops are not allowed to serve alcohol or other drugs, and risk closure if they are found to be selling soft drugs to minors, hard drugs or selling alcohol. The idea of coffeeshops was introduced in the 1970s for the explicit purpose of keeping hard and soft drugs separated.