A Corrector reader pointed out this video on Youtube where Speaker of the House Bob Bergren, D-Havre was speaking at last summer's Hempfest in Missoula.
The Speaker spends a portion of his speech thanking various people for their hard work on the issues and in particular thanks event coordinator Angela Goodhope. Ms. Goodhope, who works for the Montana Hemp Council, also is a major advocate for medical marijuana legalization throughout the nation. We at the Corrector also enjoyed Ms. Goodhope's "legal" discussion in this video about standing up for your rights to possess cannabis by following the three rules. 1) Don't consent to a search, 2) Don't speak, 3) Ask for a lawyer. While all three of these rights are as Ms. Goodhope pointed out afforded each and everyone of us by our founding fathers, it is interesting that people who are not breaking the law have to invoke their 5th amendment rights against self-incrimination if they are not doing anything illegal. Our understanding is that possession of hemp is not illegal in the United States and why would someone carry industrial hemp around in their backpack? Could it be you are referring to the other cannabis plant? We think so.
Check out the other related vids posted on Youtube related to Ms. Goodhope, they are a hoot.
Bergren was speaking about the benefits of hemp for Montana's economy. While we at the Corrector acknowledge that there are many economic benefits to allowing the free cultivation of hemp, we do wonder what Speaker Bergren's thoughts are on the related medical marijuana discussion. Since most advocates of hemp also advocate for medical marijuana. I find it laughable that the Speaker asks people to call Baucus, Tester and Rehberg and demand that they get off their #$$^S and respond to the people. What have you done Mr. Speaker about the medical marijuana mess that the Montana Legislature left for local government to deal with?
What say you Mr. Speaker?