BCs illegal marijuana trade industry has evolved into a business giant,
dubbed by some involved as The Union, Commanding upwards of $7 billion
Canadian annually. With up to 85% of BC Bud being exported to the United
States, the trade has become an international issue. Follow filmmaker
Adam Scorgie as he demystifies the underground market and brings to light
how an 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.
Determined to find out the true effects of marijuana on the human body,
stand-up comedian and former Stoner of the Year Doug Benson documents
his experience avoiding pot for 30 days and then consuming massive amounts
of the drug for 30 days. More than just an amusing story of one man’s quest
to get superhigh, this documentary also examines the hotly contested debate
over medical marijuana use.
Director Kevin Booth explores California’s booming medical marijuana
industry while highlighting the hypocrisy of the War on Drugs. In
Los Angeles alone, there are more than 700 legal dispensaries where
licensed users can procure their drug of choice. Yet in August of 2009,
the Organica dispensary in Southland was subject to a massive raid by
state and federal agents. So why does the President elected on his promise
to enact change in contemporary America still seem stuck in the old ways
of thinking when it comes to the subject of marijuana? Texas-based conspiracy
theorist Alex Jones and Drug Policy Alliance head Ethan Nadelmann weigh in with
their own opinions on the matter in a documentary designed to both educate and entertain.
The medical use of marijuana is examined from every side of a very complex issue
with this documentary that charts the suffering of four chronically ill patients
whose reliance on the illegal drug as … read more read more…a pain killer is
in jeopardy due to federal anti-narcotic legislation. Reform organizations,
prohibitionist groups, politicians, drug war critics, scientists, and celebrities
all get their say in this fascinating analysis.
As illustrated in this documentary from UFO Multimedia, one of the most controversial
topics facing the United States is marijuana, but where did the provocative plant
come from? The Magic Weed looks at the origins and history of cannabis, covering its
many uses throughout the years and dispelling the rampant myths surrounding it.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington has launched a
multimedia public-education campaign on the country’s marijuana laws and
their impact on taxpayers, communities and those arrested. As part of this
effort, travel guru Rick Steves hosts this infomercial-style panel discussion
produced by the Washington ACLU.
Canada’s $20 billion-dollar marijuana industry is now at a violent
crossroads between crime and commerce. Impossible to police, yet steadily
gaining public acceptance, the cannabis industry is now so vast and vital
to Canada’s national economy that it can no longer be ignored.
Reefer Madness is a well-known 1936 American exploitation film
revolving around the melodramatic events that ensue when high school
students are lured by pushers to try "marihuana" ? from a hit and run
accident, to manslaughter, suicide, attempted rape, and descent into madness.
Waiting to Inhale examines the heated debate over marijuana and its
use as medicine in the United States. Twelve states have passed legislation
to protect patients who use medical marijuana. Yet opponents claim the medical
argument is just a smokescreen for a different agenda– to legalize marijuana
for recreation and profit. What claims are being made, and what are the stakes?
Waiting to Inhale takes viewers inside the lives of patients who have been forever
changed by illness-and parents who lost their children to addiction.
Stoned In Suburbia is a social history film, examining the change
in people’s opinions to cannabis over the past 50 years. Discussing the
impact of the 60’s sexual revolution, the Hippie movement, the emergence
of the Punks right up until the modern day.
Journalist Nicky Taylor travels to Amsterdam to investigate the
growing debate about the legal classification of cannabis. While there she
helps out in a coffee shop that sells the drug, and discovers first hand what
the effects of cannabis are on everyday life. Back in the UK Nicky finds out
about the genetically modified cannabis skunk, cheap and increasingly sold on
the streets. The programme asks whether the drug can make you mad, if it is worse
than alcohol and if it is stronger than it used to be. Nicky takes part in a
month-long medical trial to find out.
Addiction specialist Dr John Marsden discovers that modern science
is finally beginning to find answers to these questions. John traces the
cannabis plants’ birthplace in Kazakhstan; finds the origins of our sensitivity
to cannabis in the simple sea squirt; and finds out just what it does to our brains.
While it may not be traded on Wall Street any time soon, marijuana has
become a booming cash crop. CNBC’s Trish Regan goes behind the scenes to explore
the inner workings of this secretive industry, focusing on Northern California’s
"Emerald Triangle," now the marijuana capital of the U.S. In this scenic pocket
of America, the pot business, much of it legal under state law, now makes up as
much as two-thirds of the local economy.
This special will look at the storied and strange history of Marijuana
in America. Probably one of the better documentaries, mostly seems pro-cannabis
and by far the most pro-cannabis documentary thus far released by the History Channel.
This series uses visual effects and CGI and, for the first time ever,
takes the viewer on an entire trip from start to finish inside the human body.
With testimony from people who enjoy using the drug and those who have become
addicted, the programme reveals how cannabis takes over the inner workings of
the brain, creating mind-warping and heart-racing effects.
James looks at the effects of the drug on the streets of Britain,
meeting a 17-year-old who smokes weed with his parents and a mum-of-three
who uses cannabis to keep her emotions in check. He meets people who are
growing cannabis illegally for themselves and goes out on patrol with a
police drug squad as they clamp down on large-scale cannabis growers. He
also travels to California, the first state in America to license cannabis
for medicinal use.
BBC Scotland Investigates reveals the worrying growth in organised
crime in the heart of Scotland’s suburbia. Reporter Samantha Poling uncovers
the explosion in cannabis farming from a small ‘hobby’ to an industry estimated
by the police to be worth more 100 million pounds.
Marijuana is by some estimates California’s largest cash crop,
bringing in more than twice the revenue of vegetables, yet we don’t tax
this green. Legalizing and taxing pot could provide $1.3 billion to help
our hemorrhaging economy, but it might also lead to additional problems
and undermine anti-drug efforts. Is this crop just cash waiting to be reaped,
or is it more complicated? Come hear advocates on both sides argue the pros
and cons of legalizing marijuana.