Alcohol leads to much more crime and violence today. Then there is an examination of prohibition and a lot of the arguments used by prohibitionists that do not stand up to closer scrutiny: The film also discusses the medicinal value of the cannabis plant and what the pharmaceutical industry stands to lose from cannabis legalization.
The documentary points out that the crime associated with marijuana is not committed by users but occurs as a result of marijuana prohibition and the ensuing criminals that this policy empowers.
The Reagan administration falsely claimed that their evidence was proof that marijuana was potentially the most dangerous drug ever.
This decision was a bit odd considering the number of experts that were lined up to be interviewed for the documentary. Marijuana is the most addictive drug. The inclusion of Mr. After what starts out as a very serious and factual documentary, the ending loses course and becomes somewhat preachy.
The history of cannabis and the reasons for its present prohibition are discussed, often comparing it to the prohibition of alcohol in the United States in the s, suggesting that gang drug warfare and other negative aspects associated with cannabis are a result of prohibition, not the drug itself.
Marijuana is toxic and can cause cancer. However, The Union makes the claim that rather than thirty joints a day, the monkeys were fitted with a gas mask and were pumped with what amounted to sixty-three Colombian strength joints in the span of approximately five minutes.
And rather than interject with any sort of intelligent dialogue, Mr. Marijuana leads to crime and violence. However, the lack of interviewed counterpoints leaves The Union very open to accusations of bias.
Synopsis[ edit ] The film explores the growth, sale and trafficking of cannabis. Marijuana makes you unproductive. There is very little evidence to support this proposition. The documentary points out that scientists consider coffee to be more addictive than marijuana. Many business and political leaders have admitted to smoking marijuana.
The Union begins with a brief history of marijuana and hemp use in the United States, discussing the beneficial uses of the two plants. A related weakness is that there are no people interviewed that are anti-marijuana legalization. Scientists, doctors, growers, police officers, economists and politicians are shown discussing the marijuana trade, and for the most part give intelligent and considerate answers that are sure to raise some serious questions for the uninformed populace.
The documentary examines the underground market by interviewing growers, police officers, criminologists, psychologists, economists, doctors, politicians and pop culture icons, revealing how the trade is booming despite being a criminal enterprise.
However, one might wonder whether tackling such a huge topic and attempting to cram the large amount of information into a minute documentary might have been a misstep.
Rogan was a poor choice, and gives a film that is aimed at being serious, intelligent, and informative an unwelcome juvenile touch. Moreover, when alcohol was prohibited it led to the rise of organized crime and criminal figures such as Al Capone.
There is no inherent pharmacological property of marijuana that would predispose one to try cocaine or heroin. The monkeys suffered from atrophy and inevitably suffered brain damage from lack of oxygen intake. Again there is no evidence to support this.
The film answers many questions about cannabis, including the purported health effects of cannabis use, the gateway drug theoryand what could happen if cannabis was legalized. Furthermore, the ending of The Union is somewhat disappointing.
Joe Rogan has no relation to the marijuana industry, and for all intents and purposes, is not a legitimate marijuana smoker.
The majority of the people interviewed all have a huge connection to the marijuana culture. However, the filmmakers made the unusual decision to also interview Joe Roganbest known for his work as a UFC analyst and his stints on the television shows NewsRadio and Fear Factor.
However, as a result of throwing the kitchen sink at the viewer, The Union loses sight of each topic and never really gains insightful focus in a significant and meaningful way.
Marijuana is a gateway drug. As a result, the ending is anti-climactic and a let-down. In fact, the unusual choice to essentially end the documentary where it started is a bit of an Achilles heel for The Union, since the ending does not focus on marijuana but rather the hemp industry.
That is not to say that The Union is not a well made documentary.The Union: The Business Behind Getting High Rental ed. Joe Rogan (Actor), Tommy Chong (Actor), Brett Harvey (Director) & 0 more Rated/5(). Jun 08, · Watch video · Directed by Brett Harvey.
With Adam Scorgie, Chris Bennett, Steve Bloom, Renee Bojee. 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/10(K). The Union: The Business Behind Getting High Documentary. director. Brett Harvey. starring. Tommy Chong Joe Rogan. Follow filmmaker Adam Scorgie as he demystifies the underground market and brings to light how the marijuana industry can function while remaining illegal.
Through growers, police officers, criminologists, economists, doctors Actors: Tommy Chong, Joe Rogan. The Union: The Business Behind Getting High Brett Harvey, This fascinating and informative documentary argues for the legalization of cannabis by looking at the myriad of industries it.
The Union: The Business Behind Getting High is a Canadian documentary film directed by Brett Harvey. Its theatrical run was limited to film festivals.
Synopsis. The film explores the growth, sale and trafficking of cannabis. The documentary examines the underground market by interviewing growers, police officers, criminologists Starring: Joe Rogan, Norm Stamper, Chris Bennett, Tommy Chong, Lester Grinspoon.
Jun 07, · Written and directed by Brett Harvey, The Union: The Business Behind Getting High examines the business behind this major drug trade. Much of the film focuses on those who grow, traffic, and sell marijuana to consumers/10(10).Download