8.3/10
7,382
11 user 7 critic

The Union: The Business Behind Getting High (2007)

Trailer
2:53 | Trailer

On Disc

at Amazon

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 »

Director:

Reviews
2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Documentary | News
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

Scours the deep-seated roots of this morally induced Marijuana campaign and reveal the fascinating path it has taken to get to where it is today.

Director: Brett Harvey
Stars: Joe Rogan, Ronald Reagan, Snoop Dogg
Documentary | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Documentary that looks at the concept of the corporation throughout recent history up to its present-day dominance.

Directors: Mark Achbar, Jennifer Abbott
Stars: Mikela Jay, Rob Beckwermert, Christopher Gora
Documentary | Comedy | News
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

At ground zero of the green rush, The Denver Post became the first major media outlet to appoint a marijuana editor. Policy news, strain reviews, parenting advice and edible recipes are the new norm in the unprecedented world of pot journalism.

Director: Mitch Dickman
Stars: Ricardo Baca, Ry Prichard
Super High Me (2007)
Documentary | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Stand up comedian and marijuana user Doug Benson documents thirty days of pot free living and thirty days of non-stop use to compare the effects of both.

Director: Michael Blieden
Stars: Brian Unger, Gary Cohan, Robert Gore
Reincarnated (2012)
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Hip-Hop artist Snoop Dogg changes his name to Snoop Lion, travels to Jamaica, immerses himself in Rastafarian culture, and produces his first reggae record.

Director: Andy Capper
Stars: Snoop Dogg, Diplo, Dr. Dre
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Kirby Dick's exposé about the American movie ratings board.

Director: Kirby Dick
Stars: Kirby Dick, Kimberly Peirce, Darren Aronofsky
Le monde selon Monsanto (TV Movie 2008)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

You do not have to believe that God exists, but you will after this movie know that the devil poster! Monsanto is the largest global company that produces agricultural products: pesticides,... See full summary »

Director: Marie-Monique Robin
Stars: David Baker, Ken Cook, David Carpenter
Collapse II (2009)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A documentary on Michael Ruppert, a police officer turned independent reporter who predicted the current financial crisis in his self-published newsletter, From the Wilderness.

Director: Chris Smith
Stars: Michael Ruppert
Jesus Camp (2006)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A documentary on kids who attend a summer camp hoping to become the next Billy Graham.

Directors: Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady
Stars: Mike Papantonio, Lou Engle, Becky Fischer
Food, Inc. (2008)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

An unflattering look inside America's corporate controlled food industry.

Director: Robert Kenner
Stars: Michael Pollan, Eric Schlosser, Richard Lobb
Documentary | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A comedy documentary outlining the progression of the ever growing cannabis industry.

Director: Peter Spirer
Stars: Shaun Attwood, W. Earl Brown, Tommy Chong
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Everything you've ever been told about Global Warming is probably untrue. This film blows the whistle on the biggest swindle in modern history. We are told that 'Man Made Global Warming' is... See full summary »

Director: Martin Durkin
Stars: Tim Ball, Nir Shaviv, Ian Clark
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
... 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
... Himself (archive footage)
... Himself (archive footage)
Larry Campbell ... Himself - Mayor of Vancouver, 2002-2005 (as Senator Larry Campbell)
Rielle Capler ... Herself - Policy Analyst - BC Compassion Club Society
... Himself - Comedian
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
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Documentary

Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Official site | Official site

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

8 June 2007 (Canada)  »

Also Known As:

Союз  »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

CAD 200,000 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Quotes

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.
See more »

Connections

Features Reefer Madness (1936) See more »

Soundtracks

Banjo Improvisiation
Performed by Josh Roberts
www.jrobertsmusic.com
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A real eye-opener
29 July 2010 | by See all my reviews

I'm not a pot smoker. In fact, I've never even tried it. People tend to always assume I'm a complete pothead; especially when first meeting me. My good friends and I now just all agree that I must have a pothead's personality or something, heh.

Just maybe about a year ago, give or take, I was completely against the good stuff. I still believed what I had "learned" in D.A.R.E., telling me that you could overdose from your first puff (seriously, our police guy told us this, lol). I thought it was more likely to cause lung cancer, proved to kill braincells, would make me mentally disabled, become self-destructive, etc. I thought that weed was as bad as heroin, simply because I was constantly hearing about how bad it is and how it'll screw your life up. I mean, I honestly thought that people who wanted medicinal marijuana just wanted to get stoned - thankfully, I know better now.

My opinion starting changing about about a year ago, when I read an article that suggested that weed could actually help treat a physical disability my mother suffers with. This made me curious, and I quickly began doing a ton of research. Eventually, I decided to watch "The Union" after seeing a few people comment about it being a great documentary to get information from.

By the time I watched it, I was already turning towards pro-marijuana legalization, and this documentary helped me get over any doubt. They give a lot of information, and information that is worth knowing. Looking back to a year ago, before starting my research and before watching the documentary, I can't believe how ignorant I was. I can't believe the stereotypes and judgements I held while completely misinformed.

Now, I know better. I'm not a pot smoker; I've never even touched it, but to me, that just shows that it doesn't take a complete pothead to realize that it should be made legal. Now, when I get the chance, I correct people's statements and misinformations about marijuana and I've provided several people with better information and I've recommended this very documentary to a few people.

I think the main reason I held such hatred towards the plant before being properly informed was because when my older sister was a teen, she became very self-destructive and caused a lot of drama and pain within the family, and at that time she did get caught smoking weed, and I associated her behaviour with it.

My mom, who also used to be completely dead-set against weed, is not as against it as before since I've given her information. Although she's not willing on trying it yet and still a little sceptical, she's much more open to the possibility of trying to get a doctor's recommendation for it than she would've been otherwise. She would qualify for it, and it's legal here if you've got a doctor's recommendation. I want to get her to watch this (and a couple other documentaries, but mostly this one) in hopes that she'll at least give it a go and hopefully be able of decreasing her medication intake (She needs to take a lot on a daily basis, some of which seem kinda sketchy.)

So in conclusion, I recommend this to anyone and everyone; it's a real eye-opener and very informative.


48 of 51 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 11 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page