The Union: The Business Behind Getting High is a 2007 documentary that delves deep into the growth, sale, and trafficking of marijuana. The film, which was directed by Canadian filmmaker, Brett Harvey, features the underground network of cannabis growers, sellers and buyers. Brett aims to shift the focus on cannabis in the same light as alcohol and tobacco rather than as an illegal substance.
The Union: The Business Behind Getting High features interviews from cannabis growers, police officers, criminologists, psychologists, economists, doctors, politicians and even celebrities, uncovering the trade that’s booming despite strict laws against the trade of the marijuana. The film suggests that the reason behind the deaths related to peddling the drug was because of prohibition rather than the effects of the drug itself. The film rounds up by featuring the medicinal value of marijuana and how major pharmaceutical companies were fighting to prohibit marijuana for loss of profits.