It has been said before that the Simpsons have predicted some of the world’s major events, from the 2015 financial crisis in Greece to the rise of the Apple watch. Now, we can add the legalization of cannabis in Canada to the list!
The episode, titled ‘Midnight Rx’ first aired on January 16th, 2015, as part of the show’s 26th season. In it, Homer goes for a road trip with Apu, Ned, and Grampa in order to purchase his prescription medication in Canada, where it is said to be cheaper.
While in Canada, Ned Flanders meets his Canadian doppelganger, and the two carry on a conversation that could only be understood by a Flanders. It’s at that point that the happy Canadian offers Ned a ‘reeferino’, assuring him that “It’s legal here”. Ned, of course, promptly turned the joint down, but one has to believe the same couldn’t be said about many Canadians this past week.
On October 17th, 2018 Canada became ‘the first major world economy to legalize recreational marijuana’, a title announced in an article by The New York Times. It’s a decision that has drawn attention from around the globe. In just the first few hours following legalization, 38,000 orders for marijuana were processed in Ontario alone.
While many are celebrating the decision, it doesn’t come without its critics. In an editorial published in the ‘Canadian Medical Association Journal’ prior to legalization, Diane Kelsall referred to the decision as an “uncontrolled experiment in which the profits of cannabis producers and tax revenues are squarely pitched against the health of Canadians.” The only way to find out how this is going to play out is to keep an eye on Canada, as many around the world are doing. Time will reveal the truth…
Another notable Simpsons prediction came in a March 2000 episode called ‘Bart to the Future’. In the episode, Bart is given a glimpse of life in 2030 by a fortune teller. The United States that Bart sees in one in which Donald Trump has just vacated the White House after tearing the country apart with financial mismanagement, poor leadership, and a frightening crime wave.
On a more entertaining front, a November 1998 episode titled ‘When You Dish Upon A Star’, a sign is seen stating ‘20th Century Fox, a Division of Walk Disney Co.” While it was certainly worth a good laugh at the time, with both companies thriving and showing no signs of that changing, an agreement to acquire 21st Century Fox was announced by The Walt Disney Company in December 2017, at a price of $52.4 billion in stock.
The whole situation leaves one wondering what other Simpson’s predictions may come true in the coming years. After all, their track record certainly has us concerned that there’s more truth to these predictions than fiction…