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Hemp-made flag to fly over the Capitol on the 4th of July

By Eric W. Dolan
Tuesday, July 2, 2013 23:30 EDT
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A flag made from hemp will be flown over the U.S. Capitol Building on America’s birthday, according to the Washington Post.

Colorado hemp advocate Michael Bowman and Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) are the two responsible for the deed. Bowman said flying the hemp-flag on the 4th of July was a “powerful symbol.” Hemp, a non-psychoactive variant of marijuana, was reportedly grown my several of America’s founding fathers.

The federal government currently does not distinguish between psychoactive and non-psychoactive variants of the marijuana plant, which makes hemp production a serious crime. Polis, along with Reps. Thomas Massie (R-KY) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), introduced an amendment to the House farm bill this year to allow the cultivation of industrial hemp in states where marijuana is legal.

Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
 
 
 
 
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