History Of Marijuana…In Just 4:20!

Think you know a lot about cannabis and it’s history? Could you relate the ‘history of hemp’, thousands of years worth of human experience, in just four minutes and twenty seconds?

Comedian and pot activist extraordinaire Steve Berke’s 4 Twenty Today production company’s first video ‘History of Marijuana in Four Minutes and Twenty Seconds’ achieves such in high fashion and invoking laughter all the way.

Two of Steve’s previous pro-cannabis law reform pot song parodies are found here, the Macklemore parody has been seen by almost 14 million viewers:



The next production of 4 Twenty Today is set for release on September 8th (an absolutely hysterical parody of a classic American movie musical!), which is meant to correspond as being supportive for this fall’s big election in Florida on Amendment Two (which will legalize medical access for qualifying patients if 60% of the voters approve the initiative).

20 thoughts

  1. Canni-History in 4:20, by Julian

    1.7 million years ago
    In a Himalayan bliss
    Our ancestors speciated
    From a fire made of cannabis

    They dragged their seeds through the garden
    While the sun slowly set with Mars
    And as the sweet smoke billowed up
    They kicked back n contemplated the stars

    Sweet aroma, just like pine
    We recognized our sins
    Then laughed as sparks rose up
    N discussed our origins

    And their in the Creation
    Of our own Imagininz
    We saw the road go on forever…
    …And the party never ends…

    Four Thousand years ago…
    Across the plains and desert sands
    Kanneh Bosem anointed Kings
    And lead us to the promised lands

    Prohibition started
    In Exodus 30-22
    Said oil’s for the Priest and Kings
    But not for me and you

    So Jesus took the healing oils
    2000 years ago
    And used them on the sick in prison
    That caused his blood to flow

    But from the blood and crosses
    On that fateful day
    If you don’t believe there was cannabis
    You can ask Sulah Benet

    And so it was when we asked ourselves
    Who we are with all our friends
    And the road goes on forever…
    …And the party never ends…

    Hemp was the canvas of the Rennaissance
    It even made the sails that sailed the seas
    built the Chinese Empire n made Indians dance
    And turned the barren fields back into trees

    Cannabis wove our flag n built America
    Filled the pipes of Washington and Jefferson
    Butit all hit the fan w/ Henry Ford’s caravan
    of hemp fueled model-T’s were built and done

    Prohibition’s bout the price of petrochemicals
    That never could compete w/ local grown heaven
    Nobody knew hemp and marijuana were identical
    To the Marijuana stamp Act of 1937

    So DuPont Hearst and Anslinger made propaganda
    Blamed our violence on blacks n Mexicans
    Patent-rich Kochs got more rights than Miranda
    The road goes on forever…
    …But the party never ends!

  2. In 1970
    they passed the Controlled Substance Act
    We blamed our inequality
    On some hippy kickin back

    Nixon used to spend more
    On drug education
    But in 1972
    He had to win reelection

    So prison lobbies grew
    And nonviolent people’s days were through
    Then Big Pharma they joined in
    Till people were scared to grow herbs too

    Tobacco paid their due
    And prohibition grew and grew
    It’s been a snowball of sin
    While alcohol’s legal for you…

    And old Robert DuPont
    Made a fortune pissin you
    Into a cup that only checks
    For the safest thing you do

    In 1987
    Reagan made us the cartel
    The ATF sold guns, made civil wars
    The CIA made Spanish Hell

    In 1993
    Clinton made the S.O.D.
    The DEA could fabricate
    Evidence to fantasy

    But in 1996
    The endocannabinoid system
    Helped California fix

    And with a drop of truth
    The ripples grow as they begin…
    And the river goes on forever
    And the party never ends…

    In 2001
    Health and Human Services
    Patented cannabinoids
    While they’re separating kids

    But state by state the truth
    Keeps growing back again
    Because the road goes on forever
    And the party never ends…

    And round a warm campfire
    There’s some herb passin with friends
    While the sparks fly up to heaven
    They contemplate their origins

    Lord knows what will transpire
    When freedom truly ascends
    While the road goes on forever
    And the party never ends…

  3. “And so it was when we asked ourselves Who we are with [a little help from] all our friends” — is your name Julian Lennon? Got to get you into my life.

    (Today 50 years ago Bob Dylan turned on the Beatles, see article on marijuana.com)

  4. P.S. Man’s Best Friend:







    etc. etc.

  5. @ the other “julian” who posted as “Julian” on a later post I already published copywrite on the above poem. Good luck getting the lyrics in rythem. ( hint, try Keen Robert Earl and a little Bob Dylan to make it work.)

  6. I don’t think these people are naming the strains properly according to their seed combinations.

  7. In 2 thousand & 2
    There came a different point of view
    From U.C. at Berkley
    Michael Pollan told it true

    He said 15 thousand years ago
    The THC got potent
    Cannabis made psycho-treats
    To keep our feets transportin

    We know that antioxidants
    Plants make using the sun
    To protect from ultraviolet rays
    That mutate everyone

    But THC and CBD
    Was genius of Creation
    A plant could make a man forget
    His painful destination

    In fact I don’t remember where
    The Hell I left my stash!
    I took the seed and dried the herb
    And traded it for cash!

    So was this how religion
    And consciousness was born?
    Or was the Herb an origin?
    Like the red man did with corn?

    Just because a plant had found
    A better friend than birds
    A human spreading seeds around
    While coevolving words…

    The more the weed made us forget
    The more that we remembered
    Societies’ varieties
    Built nations yet surrendered

    We knew Plato was high
    And so was Homer’s Odyssey
    The message of the herb
    Created new philosophy

    We used the plant for food
    We needed it for shelter
    We smoked the herb to speak with God
    Born from the Womb we felt Her

    It taught us to forgive
    Medicine that let us live
    So who are we to patent
    Or prohibit love we give?

    I write this word
    For all of you
    The sick or those in prison
    It’s so absurd;
    Let Jesus do
    The End of Prohibition.
    For when did we
    See you my Lord
    Naked or in prison?
    And bring you clothes
    We could afford
    To see the prophet risen?
    “Amen,” He said
    “What you did for
    The least of these, my brothers
    You did for me,
    Stop this Drug War;
    Return them to their mothers…”

    And to all Nations
    Let the Patent
    Of Life be Open Source.
    Let celebrations
    Of cannabis
    Be shared and take their course.

    And that concludes
    Our History
    Of MJ in 4:20
    Now spread these words
    Of mystery:
    Make Freedom before Money!

  8. Hi Julian (jewel-ian)

    I just read all your poems and what you wrote got my emotions flowing”; what you say is true; the War on Herb(s) must end today!
    The Herb is too valuable to be “wasted”.
    So here is more good news (from stopdrugwar.)


    Says “Gambia; Africa” reduces penalties for cannabis possession”; see how far reaching “Norml’s and other peoples work is”?

    The gov war will fall like a house of cards.

  9. Key line from article:
    Minister Sonko stated.
    He added: “Moreover, without such an amendment, the number of young ex-convicts who would be out in the streets in the near future would be so huge that it may potentially create a social problem and other acute social vices.
    “Such imprisonment of young first-time convicts may expose them to hardened criminals in prisons who may negatively influence their lives forever. That is one of the reasons why we want to scale down the fines depending on the quantity for first-time offenders in cannabis possession.”

    This is the problem in every country !!! Anne

  10. @ Anne,
    Thanks for the cheer, though I don’t think I had to go through what Jewel had to go through just to write songs… Jeez! I was just poking some fun at whoever else posted as “Julian” on another blog right after I posted the 4:20 History Song. No worries; I’ve been posting here enough years to know which “Julian” I am.
    But in the interest of “open source” cannabis… the way I truly believe cannabinoid patent 6330507 oughtta be… I hereby dedicate this song as open source… if anyone can use parts of it or all of it and make it into their own and expand upon whatever rythem suits their soul, then by all means go ahead. Momma always said if you got something good you need to share it. The only rule to open source is pass it, don’t harass it.

  11. Hi Julian:
    Hemp and Marijuana are not the only plants outlawed by corrupt or outside people; there was “Amaranth of the Mayan Culture; a small shrub with thousands of edible seeds and oil.
    The Spanish outlawed the Herb altogether. The Mayan Empire once flourishing; the Amaranth fields bare. Save the Herbs today!

  12. The FDA recently outlawed “Sassafras Bark/Oil
    Sassafras is what Sarsaparilla in Root Beer; so these days only “Artificial Sassafras used

    artificial sassafras…there is no such plant
    (however there is a “Terpen-tine Tree!!!)
    I did not mean anything when I wrote “jewelian; merely a play on words. anne

  13. In 1960, the FDA banned the use of sassafras oil and safrole in commercially mass-produced foods and drugs based on the animal studies and human case reports because safrole is a carcinogen.[11] Several years later, sassafras tea was banned,[11] a ban that lasted until the passage of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act in 1994.[12] Sassafras root extracts which do not contain safrole or in which the safrole has been removed are permissible, and are still widely used commercially in teas and rootbeer

    Wikipedia Sassafras New England Native Tree.
    I get Sassafras and chew the greenleaf like gum this is why they call me Greenie Girl.:)

  14. There’s something catchy about that number 6 3 3 0 5 0 7, you could use it as a refrain to a catchy tune, think about it, pluck your gitarre or whatever, write something the masses will repeat in their headspace.

    Oh By the way Johannes Brahms was born (18)330507 i.e. May 7, 1833, might start with that. Unfortunately he never discovered cannabis, died of cigar cancer short of age 64. Where were the Beatles when we needed them.

    The 18 versus the 6… 6/18 was Paul McCartney’s birthday (“Got to Get You Into My Life”). The Sextet op. 18 was Gustav Mahler’s favorite Brahms piece. It contains more passages you can sing “Jo-ha-nnes BRaahms” to than any other except maybe the Beethoven Sym. 5.

    These coincidences might not be any more coincidental than the H. sapiens/C. sativa co-evolution was/is. How many julians does it take to spice up a website?

  15. Correction: the cannabis product patent held by govt. is 6 6 3 0 5 0 7. Therefore entire preceding comment invalid, apologies.

    6330507 turns out to be:

    “Automatic vehicular velocity control apparatus”. Good for them, maybe it will save lives. You can toke while the car does the driving.

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