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The Union: The Business Behind Getting High ()


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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... See more »

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Self - Host
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chris Bennett ...
Self - Author & Former 'Pot TV' Manager
Steve Bloom ...
Self - Former Editor, High Times
Renee Bojee ...
Self - Activist
Neil Boyd ...
Self - Professor of Criminology, Simon Fraser University
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Self (archiveFootage)
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Self (archiveFootage)
Larry Campbell ...
Self - Mayor of Vancouver, 2002-2005 (as Senator Larry Campbell)
Rielle Capler ...
Self - Policy Analyst - BC Compassion Club Society
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Self - Comedian
Jack A. Cole ...
Self - Director of LEAP and Former Undercover Narcotics Agent
John Conroy ...
Self - Criminal Defense Lawyer
Greg Cooper ...
Self - Multiple Sclerosis & Ataxia Sufferer
Stephen Easton ...
Self - Professor of Economics, Simon Fraser University
Marc Emery ...
Self - Seed Retailer & Activist
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Self - Professor Emeritus, Harvard Medical School (as Dr. Lester Grinspoon)
Paul Hornby ...
Self - Biochemist & Human Pathologist (as Dr. Paul Hornby)
James Hudson ...
Self - Professor Emeritus, University of British Columbia (as Dr. James Hudson)
Perry Kendall ...
Self - British Columbia Provincial Health Officer
Mark Klokeid ...
Self
Dana Larsen ...
Self - Founding Editor, Cannabis Culture
Steve Levine ...
Self - President, Hemp Industries Association
David Malmo-Levine ...
Self - Vancouver Drug War History School
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Self (archiveFootage)
Todd McCormick ...
Self - Author, How to Grow Medicinal Marijuana
Tod Hiro Mikuriya ...
Self - Former Marijuana Research Administrator (as Dr. Tod Mikuriya)
Jeffrey Miron ...
Self - Visiting Professor of Economics, Harvard University
Ian Mulgrew ...
Self - Vancouver Sun Columnist
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Self - Reform Party Presidential Candidate (archiveFootage)
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Self (archiveFootage)
Phillip Owens ...
Self - Mayor of Vancouver (archiveFootage)
Darryl Plecas ...
Self - Professor of Criminology, University College of the Fraser Valley
Tom Riley ...
Self - Office of National Drug Control Policy (archiveFootage)
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Self - Comedian
Ed Rosenthal ...
Self - Growth Expert
Craig X. Rubin ...
Self - Actor, Weeds
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Self - Seattle Chief of Police
Tim Stockwell ...
Self - Professor of Psychology, University of Victoria
Kirk Tousaw ...
Self - Lawyer & BC Marijuana Party Manager
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Self (archiveFootage)
Watermelon ...
Self - Pot Baker & Comedian
Greg Williams ...
Self - Activist
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Self - Hip Hop Artist (as Maestro Fresh Wes)

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Brett Harvey

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Brett Harvey ... (written by) &
Adam Scorgie ... (written by)

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Graeme Flannigan ... producer
Stephen Green ... line producer / producer
Kieran Maguire ... executive producer
Adam Scorgie ... executive producer / producer

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Michael Champion

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Brett Harvey

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Stephen Green

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Stephen Green ... production manager

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Kevin Hamilton ... final mix

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Stephen Green ... visual effects

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Aren Altman ... legal counsel

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Suzanne Esper ... special thanks
Mark Klokeid ... thank you
Brad Schmidt ... special thanks
Cain Winter ... special thanks
James Wirt ... special thanks

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Plot Summary

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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  • Союз (Russia)
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  • 104 min
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Budget CAD200,000 (estimated)

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