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Hemp flag from Colorado to fly over US Capitol

The Associated Press Updated: July 4, 2013 at 7:42 am

DENVER — An American flag made of hemp is flying over the U.S. Capitol on Independence Day, and the flag belongs to a Colorado man who supports the crop.

Democratic Rep. Jared Polis of Colorado brought the Colorado's flag made of hemp to a recent farm bill debate. The flag will be flown over the Capitol on July 4, then returned to the man.

Industrial hemp looks much like marijuana but does not have its psychoactive properties. Federal law prohibits growing hemp, but not importing it.

Historians say the first American flags were made of hemp, which was raised by George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.

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