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The Union: The Business Behind Getting High (2007)

104 min | Documentary

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 moreBC'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 See less
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Aug 9, 2007 (United States)

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Adam Scorgie
Himself - Host Himself - Host   See fewer
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Chris Bennett
Himself - Author & Former 'Pot TV' Manager Himself - Author & Former 'Pot TV' Manager   See fewer
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Steve Bloom
Himself - Former Editor, High Times Himself - Former Editor, High Times   See fewer
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Renee Bojee
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Neil Boyd
Himself - Professor of Criminology, Simon Fraser University Himself - Professor of Criminology, Simon Fraser University   See fewer
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George Bush
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George W. Bush
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Larry Campbell
Himself - Mayor of Vancouver, 2002-2005 (as Senator Larry Campbell) Himself - Mayor of Vancouver, 2002-2005 (as Senator Larry Campbell)   See fewer
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Rielle Capler
Herself - Policy Analyst - BC Compassion Club Society Herself - Policy Analyst - BC Compassion Club Society   See fewer
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Tommy Chong
Himself - Comedian Himself - Comedian   See fewer
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Jack A. Cole
Himself - Director of LEAP and Former Undercover Narcotics Agent Himself - Director of LEAP and Former Undercover Narcotics Agent   See fewer
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John Conroy
Himself - Criminal Defense Lawyer Himself - Criminal Defense Lawyer   See fewer
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Greg Cooper
Himself - Multiple Sclerosis & Ataxia Sufferer Himself - Multiple Sclerosis & Ataxia Sufferer   See fewer
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Stephen Easton
Himself - Professor of Economics, Simon Fraser University Himself - Professor of Economics, Simon Fraser University   See fewer
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Marc Emery
Himself - Seed Retailer & Activist Himself - Seed Retailer & Activist   See fewer
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Lester Grinspoon
Himself - Professor Emeritus, Harvard Medical School (as Dr. Lester Grinspoon) Himself - Professor Emeritus, Harvard Medical School (as Dr. Lester Grinspoon)   See fewer
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Paul Hornby
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James Hudson
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Perry Kendall
Himself - British Columbia Provincial Health Officer Himself - British Columbia Provincial Health Officer   See fewer
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Mark Klokeid
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Dana Larsen
Himself - Founding Editor, Cannabis Culture Himself - Founding Editor, Cannabis Culture   See fewer
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Steve Levine
Himself - President, Hemp Industries Association Himself - President, Hemp Industries Association   See fewer
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David Malmo-Levine
Himself - Vancouver Drug War History School Himself - Vancouver Drug War History School   See fewer
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Cheech Marin
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Todd McCormick
Himself - Author, How to Grow Medicinal Marijuana Himself - Author, How to Grow Medicinal Marijuana   See fewer
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Tod Hiro Mikuriya
Himself - Former Marijuana Research Administrator (as Dr. Tod Mikuriya) Himself - Former Marijuana Research Administrator (as Dr. Tod Mikuriya)   See fewer
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Jeffrey Miron
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Ian Mulgrew
Himself - Vancouver Sun Columnist Himself - Vancouver Sun Columnist   See fewer
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Ralph Nader
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Richard Nixon
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Phillip Owens
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Darryl Plecas
Himself - Professor of Criminology, University College of the Fraser Valley Himself - Professor of Criminology, University College of the Fraser Valley   See fewer
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Tom Riley
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Joe Rogan
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Ed Rosenthal
Himself - Growth Expert Himself - Growth Expert   See fewer
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Craig X. Rubin
Himself - Actor, Weeds Himself - Actor, Weeds   See fewer
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Norm Stamper
Himself - Seattle Chief of Police Himself - Seattle Chief of Police   See fewer
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Tim Stockwell
Himself - Professor of Psychology, University of Victoria Himself - Professor of Psychology, University of Victoria   See fewer
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Kirk Tousaw
Himself - Lawyer & BC Marijuana Party Manager Himself - Lawyer & BC Marijuana Party Manager   See fewer
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Jesse Ventura
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Watermelon
Herself - Pot Baker & Comedian Herself - Pot Baker & Comedian   See fewer
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Greg Williams
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Wes Williams
Himself - Hip Hop Artist (as Maestro Fresh Wes) Himself - Hip Hop Artist (as Maestro Fresh Wes)   See fewer
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8.3 / 10 | 7,435 votes