Weekend Netflix Movie Selection – “The Union”
Last Updated on Friday, 6 September 2013 09:44
Written by theglasshousetx
Friday, 6 September 2013 09:44
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!