The Union: The Business Behind Getting High

Published on 1st February 2016 by

The Union: The Business Behind Getting High is a legendary 2007 documentary which is often cited as among the best documentaries about marijuana ever made. This epic 104 minute long film is the creation of Canadian Brett Harvey and it explores the growth, sale, and trafficking of Marijuana. The host Adam Scorgie interviews dozens of incredibly interesting people, including growers, law enforcement officers, and various academics and celebrities, to show how business in Canada is booming despite the illegal classification of the drug.

The film focuses on the British Columbia area of Canada which has a rich history of Marijuana growing which was originally born out of the hippy culture of the 1960′s but has since turned into a wholesale growing operation which is worth billions of dollars a year and provides most of the $7bn of Marijuana which is traded in Canada each year. Revenues from Marijuana in British Columbia are believed to be worth more than logging, fishing, or tourism, one of the arguments presented for legalization in the film is that the state is missing out on billions of dollars in tax revenues. It also argues that the criminal underworld would make much less money if the drug was legalized.

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