Soundtrack Examples

For my documentary, I'm going to use this hip hop instrumental. This beat gives the listener a sense of community and hardships in an urban community. I feel it is appropriate for my voice over project because I am a rapper and can use some of my techniques to really make this voice over sound good. It will blend well with my project because hip hop artist typically smoke marijuana in some form.    


Looking Back


Here I'm just listing a few quotes based off of different credible sources.

2700 BC– Chinese Emperor Shen Nung Said to Discover Healing Properties of Marijuana
"According to Chinese legend, the emperor Shen Nung (circa 2700 BC; also known as Chen Nung) [considered the Father of Chinese medicine] discovered marijuana's healing properties as well as those of two other mainstays of Chinese herbal medicine, ginseng and ephedra."

1450 BC – Book of Exodus References Holy Anointing Oil Made from Cannabis

"Holy anointing oil, as described in the original Hebrew version of the recipe in Exodus (30:22-23), contained over six pounds of kaneh-bosem, a substance identified by respected etymologists, linguists, anthropologists, botanists and other researchers as cannabis, extracted into about six quarts of olive oil, along with a variety of other fragrant herbs. The ancient anointed ones were literally drenched in this potent mixture."

Chris Bennett  "Was Jesus a Stoner?," High Times Magazine, Feb. 10, 2003

"Marijuana proponents suggest that the recipe for the anointing oil passed from God to Moses included cannabis, or kaneh-bosm in Hebrew. They point to versions calling for fragrant cane, which they say was mistakenly changed to the plant calamus in the King James version of the Bible."

Shannon Kari  "Cannabis Involved in Christ's Anointment?," National Post, Apr. 22, 2010

[Editor’s Note: The Revell Bible Dictionary (1990), by Lawrence O. Richards, estimates that the events of the Book of Exodus occurred around 1450 BC.] 


1745-1775– George Washington Grows Hemp

"[George] Washington’s diary entries indicate that he grew hemp at Mount Vernon, his plantation, for about 30 years [approximately 1745-1775]. According to his agricultural ledgers, he had a particular interest in the medicinal use of Cannabis, and several of his diary entries indicate that he indeed was growing Cannabis with a high Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content – marijuana." 
Robert Deitch  Hemp American History Revisited: The Plant with a Divided History, 2003

Page from George Washington's diary dated Aug. 1765. Click picture for full page.
Source: Library of Congress (accessed Aug. 31, 2011)


1936 – Reefer Madness Film Cautions Against Marijuana

Oct. 1937 – "Marijuana Tax Act" Leads to Decline in Marijuana Prescriptions

Oct. 2, 1937 – First Marijuana Seller Convicted under US Federal Law Is Arrested

1942 – Marijuana Removed from US Pharmacopeia
"Marijuana was removed from the US Pharmacopeia in 1942, thus losing its remaining mantle of therapeutic legitimacy." 

Fast Forwards to 1996 when good old California became the first state to legalize marijuana!

Nov. 5, 1996 – California Becomes First State to Legalize Medical Marijuana

Medical marijuana activist Chris Conrad and his wife Mikki Norris advocated for the passage of Prop. 215

Medical marijuana activist Chris Conrad and his wife Mikki Norris advocated for the passage of Prop. 215
Source: (accessed Dec. 28, 2011)

"Voters in California [pass] a state medical marijuana initiative in 1996. Known as Proposition 215  (45 KB), it permits patients and their primary caregivers, with a physician' s recommendation, to possess and cultivate marijuana for the treatment of AIDS, cancer, muscular spasticity, migraines, and several other disorders; it also protects them from punishment if they recommend marijuana to their patients." 
Janet Joy, PhD  Alison Mack Marijuana as Medicine: Beyond the Controversy, 2001

[Editor's Note: Ballot Proposition 215 was approved on Nov. 5, 1996 by 56% of voters and became effective on Nov. 6, 1996. Read more about California's medical marijuana laws.]

Over the next couple years, more and more states join california in legalizing weed. 

Apr. 4, 2016 – DEA Considers Moving Marijuana to Less-Restrictive Drug Schedule

"In a letter the agency sent to federal lawmakers this week [on Apr. 4, 2016], the DEA says it plans to release a decision on rescheduling marijuana 'in the first half of 2016.' Cannabis is currently classified in federal drug laws under Schedule I, the most restrictive level.

Moving marijuana to a less-restrictive schedule would boost research on the drug and the development of marijuana pharmaceuticals that doctors could prescribe, experts said.

But it would be unlikely to make raw marijuana possession or cultivation by individuals any less illegal under federal law. And it likely would do little to end the standoff between the feds and the states that have legalized cannabis."

Denver Post  "The DEA Could Soon Announce a Major Decision on Rescheduling Marijuana," by John Ingold,, Apr. 6, 2016

Reasons for the Rhyme


This is an excerpt from NORML's website. They are an organization sponcered by Oaksterdam


Marijuana is the third most popular recreational drug in America (behind only alcohol and tobacco), and has been used by nearly 100 million Americans. According to government surveys, some 25 million Americans have smoked marijuana in the past year, and more than 14 million do so regularly despite harsh laws against its use. Our public policies should reflect this reality, not deny it.

Marijuana is far less dangerous than alcohol or tobacco. Around 50,000 people die each year from alcohol poisoning. Similarly, more than 400,000 deaths each year are attributed to tobacco smoking. By comparison, marijuana is nontoxic and cannot cause death by overdose. 

NORML supports the adoption of a legally controlled market for marijuana, where consumers can buy marijuana for personal use from a safe legal source. This policy, generally known as legalization exists on various levels in a handful of European countries like The Netherlands and Switzerland, and was adopted by voter initiative in Washington (I-502), Colorado (A-64), Oregon (Measure 91), and Alaska (Ballot Measure 2), the first states to do so in the US.


My Dad



This is Greg Termini. He's my father; a frequent user/personal grower of marijuana. Greg is a 59 year old painter for Kaiser Permanente but has also been an indipendent contractor for over 25 years. His first surgery was 22 years ago when I was one years old. At that time he had started smoking marijuana as a means of relief for his pain. Fast forwarding through the years, Greg suffered two more major injuries in which he required surgery, once on his spine and once on his femur. Having to deal with pain on a regular basis, he didn't want to take pills and not be himself. He started growing for his own personal use about 5 years ago and has been an advocate for marijuana smokers everywhere, supplying aid to many in need of its medicinal properties. He lives happily in Sacramento with my mother in law and two german shepherds.    

BLÜM OAK Cannabis Clinic



This is BLÜM OAKLAND Cannabis Clinic. It is a safehaven for medical marijuana patients in need access to their medicine. They prescribe many different types of medicine know to the general public as strains of different plants. These distinctive properties in each plant sooth different ailments. Though cannabis is meant for medicinal use, it also serves as a creative outlet as well.To get your Medical Marijuana you must receive a written verifiable recommendation from a California board licensed physician. Once you have your doctor’s recommendation you can legally grow, consume & possess your medicine under California State Law Prop.215. A physician can write a recommendation for any condition for which cannabis provides relief. However, most physicians recommend cannabis for symptoms associated with AIDS, cancer, glaucoma, multiple sclerosis, chronic pain, and many serious diseases and ailments.


BLÜM OAKLAND is located at 578 West Grand Avenue in Oakland.