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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:
Great messages, Soundtrack Done by Eight-Grader at Home 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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Quotes:
Himself - Policy Analyst - BC Compassion Club Society:We've been hearing for years, them trying to say that it causes lung cancer and we say, "Really? That's interesting, because you can't even show us one case of cancer being caused by cannabis use alone."See more »
Movie Connections:
Features Reefer Madness (1936)See more »
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LupitaSee more »

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4 out of 58 people found the following review useful.
Great messages, Soundtrack Done by Eight-Grader at Home, 6 September 2010
Author: realcreature from United States

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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