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Director:
Writers:
Brett Harvey (written by) &
Adam Scorgie (written by)
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Release Date:
8 June 2007 (Canada) See more »
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Plot:
BC's illegal marijuana trade industry has evolved into a business giant, dubbed by some involved as 'The Union'... See more » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
2 wins & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A little one sided, but very good See more (11 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Adam Scorgie ... Himself - Host
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chris Bennett ... 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

George Bush ... Himself (archive footage)

George W. Bush ... Himself (archive footage)
Larry Campbell ... Himself - Mayor of Vancouver, 2002-2005 (as Senator Larry Campbell)
Rielle Capler ... Herself - Policy Analyst - BC Compassion Club Society

Tommy Chong ... Himself - Comedian (also archive footage)
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 (also archive footage)
Lester Grinspoon ... Himself - Professor Emeritus, Harvard Medical School (as Dr. Lester Grinspoon)
Paul Hornby ... Himself - Biochemist & Human Pathologist (as Dr. Paul Hornby)
James Hudson ... Himself - Professor Emeritus, University of British Columbia (as Dr. James Hudson)
Perry Kendall ... Himself - British Columbia Provincial Health Officer
Mark Klokeid ... Himself
Dana Larsen ... Himself - Founding Editor, Cannabis Culture
Steve Levine ... Himself - President, Hemp Industries Association
David Malmo-Levine ... Himself - Vancouver Drug War History School

Cheech Marin ... Himself (archive footage)
Todd McCormick ... Himself - Author, How to Grow Medicinal Marijuana
Tod Hiro Mikuriya ... Himself - Former Marijuana Research Administrator (as Dr. Tod Mikuriya)
Jeffrey Miron ... Himself - Visiting Professor of Economics, Harvard University
Ian Mulgrew ... Himself - Vancouver Sun Columnist

Ralph Nader ... Himself - Reform Party Presidential Candidate (archive footage)

Richard Nixon ... Himself (archive footage)
Phillip Owens ... Himself - Mayor of Vancouver (archive footage)
Darryl Plecas ... Himself - Professor of Criminology, University College of the Fraser Valley
Tom Riley ... Himself - Office of National Drug Control Policy (archive footage)

Joe Rogan ... Himself - Comedian
Ed Rosenthal ... Himself - Growth Expert
Craig X. Rubin ... Himself - Actor, Weeds
Norm Stamper ... Himself - Seattle Chief of Police
Tim Stockwell ... Himself - Professor of Psychology, University of Victoria
Kirk Tousaw ... Himself - Lawyer & BC Marijuana Party Manager

Jesse Ventura ... Himself (archive footage)
Watermelon ... Herself - Pot Baker & Comedian
Greg Williams ... Himself - Activist

Wes Williams ... Himself - Hip Hop Artist (as Maestro Fresh Wes)

Directed by
Brett Harvey 
 
Writing credits
Brett Harvey (written by) &
Adam Scorgie (written by)

Produced by
Graeme Flannigan .... producer
Stephen Green .... line producer
Stephen Green .... producer
Kieran Maguire .... executive producer
Adam Scorgie .... executive producer
Adam Scorgie .... producer
 
Original Music by
Michael Champion 
 
Cinematography by
Brett Harvey 
 
Film Editing by
Stephen Green 
 
Production Management
Stephen Green .... production manager
 
Visual Effects by
Stephen Green .... visual effects
 
Other crew
Aren Altman .... legal counsel
 
Thanks
Suzanne Esper .... special thanks
Mark Klokeid .... thank you
Brad Schmidt .... special thanks
Cain Winter .... special thanks
James Wirt .... special thanks
 

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Canada:104 min
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Herself - Pot Baker & Comedian:$400 million is spent in Canada arresting and prosecuting marijuana crimes. The total budget in Canada for all drugs is $500 million. That means four-fifths of the drug budget goes towards arresting and prosecuting marijuana users, leaving one-fifth for crack, heroin, coke, crystal meth, the date rape drug - whatever.See more »
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Features Hemp for Victory (1943)See more »
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Bad NoseSee more »

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7 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
A little one sided, but very good, 18 August 2011
Author: wreeah from Canada

Off the top, let me first say I was very entertained by this film and found it very informative and a little thought provoking. However, as a documentary, it has some issues.

First, let me get the 'cons' out of the way. I will say the production values are low, however, some of the best documentaries are shot on shoe string budgets by people that really just have something they want to say! The music can be too prominent, monotonous, and a little irritating at times. It also doesn't fit the subject matter at points. Stock footage is a little over done, and over edited. Also, you really know right off the bad where the film makers stand on the subject matter! It can feel quite one sided at times, and can present some of the street people being interviewed as naive with uneducated points of view.

However, all that being said, there were a LOT of well made points that came up! The film makers take you inside the operations, and show you first hand how this world operates. He interviews some big names, and asks a lot of the big questions and covers a lot of areas that we never quite hear about.

Even if it's not the best documentary (and I'm not even sure how that standard could even be set...) this is one that you should take in! It'll be worth your time!

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