Tuesday, March 03, 2015

The Union: The Business Behind Getting High

Adam Scorgie's and Brett Harvey's 2007 documentary, The Union: The Business Behind Getting High, deserves to be seen especially before watching the sequel for 2015, The Culture High.

Interesting highlights include:
  • Cannabis-hemp-marijuana has been the largest agricultural crop in the world throughout history.
  • Marijuana has now been illegal for over 70 years, the longest sustained war in American history.
  • Tobacco is subsidized by the government, made into cigarettes with added chemicals that contribute to heart disease and cancer, killing 480,000 people in the US per year.
  • Alcohol contributes to approx. 85,000 deaths per year.
  • In 10,000 years of marijuana use, no known deaths are directly attributed to it.
  • Law enforcers claim that alcohol contributes to violent crime, but marijuana does not.
  • Prohibition makes matters worse because it brings crime into it.
  • US government spends nearly $8 billion/year on marijuana prohibition.
  • More people are in jail for marijuana possession than for murder, rape, robbery and assault combined.
  • The US has more prisoners per capita than any other nation; over 45,000 current prisoners are serving time for marijuana violations.
  • Marijuana legalization threatens the bottom line for many industries including oil, pharmaceutical, timber, plastics and textile.
  • Pharmaceutical medicines kill over 100,000 people per year.
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