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The Union: The Business Behind Getting High (2007)

Joe Rogan , Tommy Chong , Brett Harvey  |  NR |  DVD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Joe Rogan, Tommy Chong
  • Directors: Brett Harvey
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Peace Arch Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 28, 2009
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0025XUTKQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,247 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Union: The Business Behind Getting High" on IMDb

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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, 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.

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65 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars for advocates and naysayers alike August 8, 2009
Cannabis culture, particularly in the medium of film, tends to unintentionally parody and belittle itself by excessively glamorizing the drug and perpetuating stereotypes about its users, but this documentary provides a serious platform for intelligent, well-spoken advocates of legalization to make logical (and not easily refutable) points against the U.S. and Canada's present drug policies.

I'd never expect a film to change a true skeptic's mind, nor would I ever force my beliefs on anyone resistant to them...but if ever a skeptic were curious to hear the pro-legalization side of the marijuana debate, I'd recommend this film. It's a succinct, comprehensive, powerful (but not too preachy) rundown of all the best arguments in favor of what is, in millions of people's opinions, an unfairly vilified substance.

(Also, it's worth mentioning that Amazon may be doing the film a disservice by listing Tommy Chong and Joe Rogan as its stars. Each has less than three minutes of screen time, and both are immensely composed and well-spoken compared to their appearances in dumb stoner comedies and inane reality television, respectively. Rogan, in fact, cements his credibility in this film by practically apologizing for having hosted "Fear Factor".)
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
By T.N.T.
This is the best current documentary on the subject of pot prohibition and marijuana stigmas! Very well produced, I gotta give props to the director here...many points scored for producing a modern, entertaining, and well-arranged film. Grant you this film is biased on its recurring theme of "let's legalize already" and somewhat misleading with its title of business behind pot (only some of the movie is devoted to that specifically) but this is the most modern, edgy, and entertaining documentary I've seen for some time.

It pits both sides of the legalization argument and shows how many of the anti-legalization/anti-marijuana arguments are completely false and based merely on ignorance, prejudice and lack-of-facts.

Whether you are for marijuana prohibition or against it, this film inspires what should be a national discussion of the topic. This film is a MUST SEE for all interested in this topic. An important film for convincing arguments on the subject and perfect mix of humor, entertainment, and education.
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48 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's about time... August 6, 2009
By zander
I grew up behind the orange curtain, southern california. I was raised with a very conservative view about drugs and almost got into a fight with my best friend for giving my girlfriend a hit off a joint. In the meantime I was the guy coming to the party with a 12 pack of beer, then driving home. As I started from these humble "anti-(illegal)drug" years, I expanded my world, began traveling and learning the truth about cannabis. I have been initiated into many spiritual practices as ganja as the focal point. You would be correct in saying that almost every religion or form of spirituality has its roots in cannabis. Yes, even Jesus enjoyed his herbal remedies. Today I am a registered Minister of Cannabis.

Why are the most damaging drugs to humans legal and even prescribed to us?
Why are the healing medicines demonized and made illegal?

This is the best documentary I have seen on the issue of cannabis. Why is it illegal? Who benefits from having a war on a plant? My dad is a sponsor of the DARE program and feels that anyone using "marijuana" should be in jail. Jail is not for any human, animal, plant, nor any other form of life, it does NOT work and the system is beyond barbaric. The fact that US has more jails than any country tells us how crazy we have become. It's time for us to change the game. We create our government and the amount of control we will submit to. This documentary will greatly help those who know a little bit about the story, and hopefully open up the parachute for those who are willing to question their upbringing to find out why things are the way the are...
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An enlightening documentary! August 17, 2009
Every American needs to watch this film. We've been hoodwinked by our government and medical companies for way too long!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Film, Scary to think this is reality November 6, 2009
Marijuana prohibition is the best example of how corrupt our government truly is. This film does two things.....1) It will enlighten ignorant people as to the facts of Marijuana and how bad prohibition is for our society. 2) It will anger many people to know that they live in a country that perpetually lies to its citizens.

If you believe marijuana should be illegal, I challenge you to watch this film.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Life and view changing documentary! August 5, 2009
By Knoxer
Before watching The Union my views on marijuana were ok with it, but thought it was still a bad thing to do. After watching this beautiful piece of art I am now a full on Marijuana supporter. This documentary is something that should be shown in today's schools, but sadly they are doing the opposite and lying to our children about this plant. Anyone that dislikes marijuana should really look at this film I guarantee that it will change your outlook on it and the people that use it. So yes I encourage everyone to go and watch this film if you don't want to buy it there are places online to watch it, but I would highly recommend supporting the makers of this film by spending a little cash on it.
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Published 3 months ago by Victor Nogueira
5.0 out of 5 stars "TRUE STUFF" WOW THIS IS A MUST SEE!!!!!
This should be on every major TV network for a night or two WOW MUST SEE!!!!!
Published 3 months ago by Michael
5.0 out of 5 stars Strong arguments for decriminalization
I'm all for decriminalization and putting the revenue / profits to good use, and this documentary shed a lot of light on how moronic the decision to prohibit Marijuana and the... Read more
Published 3 months ago by revitus
5.0 out of 5 stars great
I like the facts that it stated. I liked it so much on Netflix that I bought it. good movie
Published 7 months ago by Michael Leonard
5.0 out of 5 stars Food for thought
The movie reveals much about, well Marijuana that is both interesting, and quite infuriating. I love documentaries on most any subject, and this one is very informative, without... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Aaron
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie!
This is a great movie about weed and it has a lot of good, useful info about marijuana. This is a must watch for anyone that believes the media BS about how weed is a "bad... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Jake D Reese
5.0 out of 5 stars Union of America
Enjoyed this movie very much, we must unite as a country to accomplish the will of the people. It seems we are ready but need some type of catalyst!
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