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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:
Warning: The Following Film Contains Dangerous Truths and Will Lead to Rational Thinking and Outrage. 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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Joe Rogan:It's a weird thing that you do when you make nature against the law.See more »
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74 out of 78 people found the following review useful.
Warning: The Following Film Contains Dangerous Truths and Will Lead to Rational Thinking and Outrage., 3 September 2009
Author: zippyflynn2 from Los Angeles, United States

There are a variety of excellent films available that expose the idiocy, lies, hysteria and underlying self-serving and enormously profitable financial motivations behind drug prohibition in America, specifically the current War on Drugs, of which marijuana is the prime target. This is one of the best as it is one of the most comprehensive as well as nicely edited and thoughtfully produced.

This is not a stoner film, a statement of "I have a right to get to stoned and no one should infringe on this in and of itself", even though this is a perfectly valid argument if you believe at all in real freedom and the US Constitution. Rather, this is a documentary that exposes the horrific, astronomical price the US pays to continue the current marijuana prohibition.

Sadly, this film will be, for the most part, preaching to the choir. Few who have opposing views will watch it and be swayed to examine the fallacies within their belief system. Not because of the presentation or production value of the statements within the film, but rather man and woman's ability to continue to believe the most ridiculous and destructive foolishness regardless of the amount of overwhelming logic and reality that contradicts their beliefs. The billions of those who feverishly practice religions of intolerance and other faith/magic based beliefs as well as many of the horrific conditions in America presently, such as the record setting Prisons for Profit system and other tragedies are ample proof as to the idiotic self and other destructive nature of so-called humanity.

Watch this film anyhow, whether it outrages you or just is another piece of evidence as further proof of man's and woman's squandered opportunity to have a great society. It is quite well done and will provide you food for thought, that is if you dare to think.

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