2 Vice employees were fired after they bought so much weed for a video it qualified the company as a marijuana distributor

The Intelligencer reports that Vice fired two senior employees after the amount of weed purchased for a video qualified the office as a marijuana distributor. The pitched video was about rolling the world’s heaviest blunt. Plagued with financial troubles, Vice has apparently taken a more serious approach to its company culture, amid debt, layoffs, and…

2 Vice employees were fired after they bought so much weed for a video it qualified the company as a marijuana distributor

The Intelligencer reports that Vice fired two senior employees after the amount of weed purchased for a video qualified the office as a marijuana distributor. The pitched video was about rolling the world’s heaviest blunt. Plagued with financial troubles, Vice has apparently taken a more serious approach to its company culture, amid debt, layoffs, and restructuring. As executives look for buy-out opportunities, the brand that carries millennial and Generation Z appeal has to wager between a free-wheeling company culture and money-making moves. Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories. As a brand, Vice is no stranger to weed. But the marijuana-friendly office antics were taken a step too far this April, resulting in two terminations. As part of the media company’s annual 4/20 Weed Week, a video producer pitched having the rapper Lil Yachty try to break the Guinness World Record for rolling the heaviest blunt ever onscreen, New York Magazine’s The Intelligencer reports. The pitch was approved, but so much marijuana was ordered to the Vice office that the company qualified as a distributor. As a result, the two senior employees were fired. Shane Smith, left, and Suroosh Alvi, right, attend the 20th Annual Webby Awards at Cipriani Wall Street on Monday, May 16, 2016, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP) The incident represents an increasingly frequent clash of values at Vice, according to New York Magazine. On the one hand, is Vice’s rebellious tone and coverage. On the other, is a media company attempting to establish itself as a competitor to the likes of CNN. The company’s money struggles have apparently necessitated a balancing act between the two. The “Old Vice” culture has apparently made way for new lead
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