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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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Brett Harvey
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Credited cast:
Adam Scorgie ... Self - Host
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chris Bennett Chris Bennett ... Self - Author & Former 'Pot TV' Manager
Steve Bloom Steve Bloom ... Self - Former Editor, High Times
Renee Bojee Renee Bojee ... Self - Activist
Neil Boyd Neil Boyd ... Self - Professor of Criminology, Simon Fraser University
George Bush ... Self (archive footage)
George W. Bush ... Self (archive footage)
Larry Campbell Larry Campbell ... Self - Mayor of Vancouver, 2002-2005 (as Senator Larry Campbell)
Rielle Capler Rielle Capler ... Self - Policy Analyst - BC Compassion Club Society
Tommy Chong ... Self - Comedian
Jack A. Cole Jack A. Cole ... Self - Director of LEAP and Former Undercover Narcotics Agent
John Conroy John Conroy ... Self - Criminal Defense Lawyer
Greg Cooper Greg Cooper ... Self - Multiple Sclerosis & Ataxia Sufferer
Stephen Easton Stephen Easton ... Self - Professor of Economics, Simon Fraser University
Marc Emery Marc Emery ... Self - 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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Jack A. Cole - 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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Masterpiece yet pretty much unknown to the general public
25 August 2009 | by vivoenelcampoSee all my reviews

First of all, be warned, i am a pot lover, stoner and marijuana legalization advocate. Also i'm a well educated fourth year law student, with deep knowledge in history, mathematics, politics, and law. That duality that some people cant understand, and believe impossible is exactly what this film shows, am from Chile so my English may not be perfect, please spare me. Everyone, pro-legalization anti-legalization and even those who don't care should watch this film, the sheer amount of backup information is astonishing, everything that is said in the movie is accompanied by a source, so the movie presents an undeniable truth.

That would be OK for most documentaries but this one goes further, its is fast paced, has a great soundtrack (specially if you're watching it high, treats a great variety of subjects, history, medical dangers, medical benefits, legislation, etc.

Be warned, it will change your point of view, if you are a pro-legalization it will strength it, if you are close-minded it will open it, so be ready to learn the truth, and open your mind in a heavily entertaining way.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

8 June 2007 (Canada) See more »

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Союз See more »

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Budget:

CAD200,000 (estimated)
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Mono

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