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9 September 2014

The Union: The Business Behind Getting High

It’s often considered as one of the best cannabis related documentaries ever made and it’s easy to see why. The Union: The Business Behind Getting High (2007) is pro cannabis documentary which explores the misconceptions and laws which stand against the use of cannabis. It might come across as pretty one-sided from the start but it doesn’t fail to explore the issue in a sensible and factual way.

The documentary starts by setting the ground for the rest of the film, by putting across a series of facts. Later each of these facts are expanded upon and explored more thoroughly. The business behind the marijuana industry is a subject which is thoroughly explored, from the industrial applications of Hemp to the black market grow ops.



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The medical argument is one which is brought up several time throughout the film, while these are often debunked by the media and political sources, the differences are plain to see. There is an interview with a guy who suffers from MS and it clearly shows the difference it makes to his life. If anyone can still say it has no medical benefits after watching this film, then they really need to open their eyes.

While most of the general population believe it is illegal for being a dangerous drug, the film takes a look at why it’s really illegal. With big corporations fearing loss of sales and its use as a political weapon, it’s no wonder that those in power don’t want change.

A lot of high profile criminal cases because of prohibition are brought up in the documentary, with cases such as Mark Emery and Tommy Chong providing a solid backbone. These help to explore another issue of who profits from the current laws and why common sense and logic never seem to be followed.

Overall it’s an outstanding documentary which takes a fresh perspective on the cannabis debate. While it was a little one sided, it helps to debunk most of the negative stereotypes applied to cannabis use through the truth and real facts. It’s one of those films that everyone should watch no matter what their opinion is, as it might give you a better understanding of what is really going on. We are giving the film a 10/10 and would highly recommend watching this well made and informative documentary.

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