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If you’ve ever wondered exactly what it looks like to run a cannabis dispensary – from the day-to-day operations, to the governmental challenges, to the people who run the business – look no further than Weed Wars.
Weed Wars is a four-episode documentary television series that aired on the Discovery Channel in 2011 and (surprise!) is FINALLY available for your viewing pleasure on Netflix. It features Oakland, California’s Harborside Health Center, which is the world’s largest non-profit medical marijuana dispensary. Harborside is a collective that offers its 128,000 registered patients complimentary holistic healing services, lab-tested medicine, free delivery and education.
Co-founder and Executive Director of Harborside Steve DeAngelo walks viewers through the day-to-day operations of the dispensary as well as the larger struggles they face in an environment where medical marijuana is federally illegal. Despite IRS harassment and surrounding federal crackdowns, Harborside fights and continues to thrive. The staff are passionate, eclectic, and knowledgeable, and DeAngelo and co-founder Dave Wedding (“Dress”) promote a positive, feel-good environment for their patients.
Not only does Weed Wars reflect the constant tension between state and federal cannabis law, but it also sheds important, compassionate light on the patients, who need and appreciate Harborside’s efforts to ease their pain and anxiety through the means of medical marijuana.
We highly recommend this mini-series! And for more information about Harborside, visit their website.
“Anyone who has ever bought pot in a cloudy Baggie or a wad of tinfoil…will be impressed by the modern face of marijuana retailing as portrayed in the new Discovery Channel program Weed Wars.” – The New York Times
“A well-crafted, behind-the-scenes look at California’s largest marijuana dispensary, Weed Wars is sure to spark further debate about medical cannabis, if not the outright legalization of pot in America.” – The Hollywood Reporter
“If half the battle in reality TV is unearthing colorful characters, Weed Wars already looks like a winner.” – Variety
The Union: The Business Behind Getting High
When’s the last time you flipped through Netflix trying unsuccessfully to make a decision? Is that just us?
If you’re looking for a Friday night flick or a Sunday afternoon movie to relax you this weekend, we have some suggestions. Netflix Instant has a few fascinating documentaries to stream that will both entertain and inform you. Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll tell you about a few of them.
The first is called The Union: The Business Behind Getting High, a 2007 documentary by Canadian filmmaker Brett Harvey. Its premise is that of the illegal marijuana trade industry in Canada, which commands about $7 million annually and sends 85% of product to the United States. In this framework, host Adam Scorgie explores the history of marijuana, its path to becoming contraband, and the reasoning (or lack thereof) behind the fight against legalization.
Most interesting, perhaps, is how Scorgie exposes the rhetoric of politicians, lawmakers, and the media used to misrepresent marijuana, as well as their motives, which are sometimes corrupt and sometimes simply uneducated. He then reveals scientific research and basic facts about the effects of Cannabis, ultimately arguing for its legalization.
Some of the questions he addresses:
- Why is marijuana illegal?
- What health risks are involved?
- Is prohibition effective?
- What would happen if we taxed it?
Featuring interviews with acclaimed medical doctors, lawyers, analysts, and famous tokers (including Tommy Chong of the famous duo), The Union makes its case convincingly while giving us great perspective on the history and scope of marijuana legalization in the United States and Canada.
Educate and entertain yourselves this weekend, and then let us know what you think of The Union!