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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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BC's illegal marijuana trade industry has evolved into a business giant, dubbed by some involved as 'The Union'... See more » | Full synopsis »
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2 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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An indictment against freedom in America. 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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57 out of 62 people found the following review useful.
An indictment against freedom in America., 18 August 2009
Author: Nickolas52 from Canada

I was pleasantly surprised by this documentary. As a non-user of cannabis viewing what had to be just another pro-cannabis argument, I had low expectations. My expectations were wrong.

This documentary has about as much to say about North American Society as a whole as it has to say about the legalization of marijuana. Taken in its greater context, the documentary is about how Society allows limits of personal freedom to evolve. The documentary uses the example of the 1920's Prohibition on alcohol to demonstrate how Society can change to allow something within its perceived bounds of decency, for which it previously tossed people in jail. I have seen in my own lifetime the legalization of homosexuality, which also finds its roots in Canada, initiated as it was by a visionary Prime Minister named Pierre Trudeau. What a less tolerant society once restricted through oppression to dark, secret places, it is now allowing freely, even if it is all still happening in dark, secret places. If Society had finally recognized that these prohibited things could not be eliminated, Society may have also recognized that they would at least not be promoted by legalizing them. Not everyone is happy with either societal change, but the majority are. We are now seeing the evolution of acceptance of cannabis in Society. But that's not the point. To me the documentary is not about cannabis. It is about disparities of freedom.

The point is driven home by an exposé on the United States penal system, a system run to a great extent by private corporations who's primary interest, by definition, is to make money. What the documentary helps the objective viewer to realize is America's is not as free a Society as many, if not most, others in the world, and it helps the objective viewer realize, if chillingly, the reason why.

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