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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 - Author & Former 'Pot TV' Manager
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Himself - Former Editor, High Times
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Himself - Professor of Criminology, Simon Fraser University
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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
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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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Great messages, Soundtrack Done by Eight-Grader at Home
6 September 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I really, honestly believe about 90% of the facts quoted in this movie, however, the reason it grated on my senses was due to the background music. It seemed that no matter what topic was being discussed the music that accompanied the topic was some form of synthesized keyboard repetitive "melody" (not really melodic, just annoying repetition of a few notes) that seemed to have been performed by a bored eight-grader using a home computer.

I believe the visual production quality was at least as high as most modern documentaries so I cannot understand what happened with the music, only that it may have been an afterthought. My advice: if the music becomes an afterthought then make it nonexistent. I would have preferred to listen to my own chewing sounds, some street traffic or quiet computer hum, rather than an electronic da da da da, over and over while some narrator droned on about how bad everything but marijuana is, which is really true, I believe...just not with that "music".

This brings me to the other point of this production: where did you dig up that mock fifties-style narrator? Why parody the thing you hate with the thing you hate? I was so bored listening to those high school documentaries that I nearly always fell asleep in class, and God forbid it would be a warm day - no escaping a classroom snooze. Perhaps some less sanctimony would be appropriate in this type of factual information documentary.


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