Cannabis Commerce is serving fresh Jon Gettman interviews in three zesty flavors. These were recorded at:

  1. The Smithsonian Air & Space Museum Annex in Chantilly, Virginia.
  2. The actual site of founding father George Washington’s hemp fields at his “crib” in Mount Vernon, Virginia.
  3. Virtually, via Skype.

Part 1: The Air & Space Museum

Gettman was in rare form, improvising before a crowd of captivated tourists who actually stopped gawking at the original Mercury Space capsule, the Concorde, and Space Shuttle Discovery to listen with rapt admiration as the poteconomics master held forth on marijuana and money .

Part 2: Mount Vernon

The most memorable moment of the 1:50 PM tour came after one of the period-dressed guides told our group all about the crops General Washington grew in the fertile fields of Mount Vernon. It occurred to me that one crop may have been omitted in an otherwise thorough presentation. The matronly mock-colonial, whose nametag read Marla, asked if anyone had any questions. My hand shot up.

“Didn’t all the founding fathers including George Washington grow hemp?”

“Uh … not to the best of my knowledge,” Marla replied.

“Oh. I thought he famously said, “Make the most of the Indian hemp seed … and sow it everywhere?”

“I’m not aware of that.”

Hmm. Can you say “coverup?” Where are Woodward and Bernstein when we need them?

Apologies for the excessive wind noise on this video. Technical difficulties plagued a longer shoot at the same locale, too.

Part 3: Skype

This video recreates the lost longer discussion at Mount Vernon and expands upon it. After viewing this, you’ll realize why any meaningful discussion of herbal rights has to add economic issues to the mix along with personal freedom issues and medicinal issues.