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The Union: The Business Behind Getting High (2007)

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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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
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Himself (archive footage)
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Himself (archive footage)
Larry Campbell ...
Himself - Mayor of Vancouver, 2002-2005 (as Senator Larry Campbell)
Rielle Capler ...
Herself - Policy Analyst - BC Compassion Club Society
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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
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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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Joe Rogan: [Speaking to the interviewer regarding Cannabis] I thought the same thing, I mean, I didn't start smoking pot till about five years ago; I thought pot made you stupid. Now I bought into it just as much as anybody did. Then I realized when I was like, thirty years old that I was tricked. I was like, you gotta be fucking kidding me!
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Blew My Mind
14 September 2011 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I was on the edge of my seat the entire documentary. Incredibly well-made, enjoyed the fast pace & entertaining snippets. Loaded with both fun and infuriating facts.

Prior to watching this movie, I was already pro-legalization, although a few short years ago I thought marijuana was a very bad drug indeed. I have never tried weed in my life and have little interest in it. However, this documentary really got to me because of the whole governmental conspiracy element, on both Canadian and American fronts. I doubt we will see marijuana legalized or even decriminalized in either Canada or the U.S. in the next decade, ESPECIALLY after seeing this movie!

Must-see! You will never forget it.


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