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The Union: The Business Behind Getting High (2007)

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BC's illegal marijuana trade industry has evolved into a business giant, dubbed by some involved as 'The Union', Commanding upwards of $7 billion Canadian annually. With up to 85% of 'BC ... See full summary »

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Himself - Host
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Himself - Author & Former 'Pot TV' Manager
Steve Bloom ...
Himself - Former Editor, High Times
Renee Bojee ...
Herself - Activist
Neil Boyd ...
Himself - Professor of Criminology, Simon Fraser University
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Himself (archive footage)
Larry Campbell ...
Himself - Mayor of Vancouver, 2002-2005 (as Senator Larry Campbell)
Rielle Capler ...
Herself - Policy Analyst - BC Compassion Club Society
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Himself - Comedian
Jack A. Cole ...
Himself - Director of LEAP and Former Undercover Narcotics Agent
John Conroy ...
Himself - Criminal Defense Lawyer
Greg Cooper ...
Himself - Multiple Sclerosis & Ataxia Sufferer
Stephen Easton ...
Himself - Professor of Economics, Simon Fraser University
Marc Emery ...
Himself - Seed Retailer & Activist
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BC's illegal marijuana trade industry has evolved into a business giant, dubbed by some involved as 'The Union', Commanding upwards of $7 billion Canadian annually. With up to 85% of 'BC Bud' being exported to the United States, the trade has become an international issue. Follow filmmaker Adam Scorgie as he demystifies the underground market and brings to light how an industry can function while remaining illegal. Through growers, police officers, criminologists, economists, doctors, politicians and pop culture icons, Scorgie examines the cause and effect nature of the business - an industry that may be profiting more by being illegal. Written by Brett Harvey

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Himself - Director of LEAP and Former Undercover Narcotics Agent: If you've been caught - a young person, who's had so much as one marijuana cigarette - you can't get a loan or grant from the government to go to college. If you've been convicted of murdering somebody or raping someone, no problem; you go right down, they give you the loan. I guess the message is: It's okay to rape, and murder and pillage, just don't smoke a joint afterwards.
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Comparing The Union (2007) to Grass (1999).
18 April 2011 | by (BC) – See all my reviews

This documentary is very informative, just like the documentary it was cloned from -- GRASS, 1999. Its a shame so much of the history of marijuana in The Union (2007) was identical to GRASS. I suppose because it's depicting history, duplication is unavoidable. But the number of identical images, and the progression of the story are too similar for comfort. I saw The Union first, and must say it's more polished, more investigative, more to the point and more informative in many areas than GRASS. GRASS had a fair bit of filler. All the more reason it's a shame The Union couldn't have been more original. I particularly liked the exploration of grow-ops in The Union, whereas in GRASS there seemed to be a lot of rather banal footage about Haight Ashbury and the 'psychodelia' of the 60's and early 70's. The Union was definitely more Canada oriented.


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