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South Park Tells Kids Why They Should 'Just Say No'

South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker - who turns 47 today - never shy away from controversy. So it's no surprise that the show has taken up the issue of cannabis use in the past. What's surprising is that the foul-mouthed cartoon offers perhaps the best advice you can give kids about marijuana.

The season 6 episode My Future Self 'N' Me (2002) takes on the hysterical Reefer Madness-type type rhetoric that's still being used to deter children from using cannabis. The kids on the show are told that using cannabis will lead to deadly accidents and even acts of terrorism. That might seem ridiculous until you realize that people were once taught basically the same thing by anti-pot propaganda films.

The precocious kids of South Park aren't convinced, so they do some digging and find out that adults have trumped up pot's side effects to scare them about it. But instead of telling viewers that marijuana is benign, the show offers perhaps the best sort of advice parents can give kids about marijuana.

Toward the end of the episode, Randy Marsh tells his son Stan,

"[T]he truth is marijuana probably isn't gonna make you kill people, and it most likely isn't gonna fund terrorism, but...Well son, pot makes you feel fine with being bored and...It's when you're bored that you should be learning some new skill or discovering some new science or...being creative. If you smoke pot you may grow up to find out that you aren't good at anything."

The heart-to-heart would be touching if it weren't for the feces smeared on the wall where the chat happened.

While you might not agree with that, at least the show offered an honest opinion about a parent's concerns about a kid trying marijuana. And if you want to see South Park's more light-hearted take on the subject, check out the KFC cannabis dispensary episode.  

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