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Polis Request for American Flag Made of Hemp to Fly Over the Capitol on 4th of July Granted

Flag Was Held on House Floor During Debate on Successful Hemp Amendment

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Washington, Jul 3, 2013 | comments
Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) was granted a request for an American flag made of hemp to fly over our nation’s Capitol this week on Independence Day.
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Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) was granted a request for an American flag made of hemp to fly over our nation’s Capitol this week on Independence Day. Rep. Polis held this flag on the floor of the House during the debate on a successful Hemp amendment to the FARM Bill he worked on with Thomas Massie (R-KY) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR).  The amendment introduced by Reps. Polis, Massie and Blumenauer is meant to ensure that colleges and universities are able to grow and cultivate industrial hemp for research purposes in states where industrial hemp cultivation is already legal. The amendment passed 225-200 on the floor of the House of Representatives.

 

"Last month, I was proud to hold an American flag made of hemp on the floor of the House of Representatives as I joined my colleagues from both sides of the aisle in favor of a common-sense amendment to the FARM bill to allow colleges and universities to grow and cultivate industrial hemp for research purposes in states where industrial hemp cultivation is already legal,” said Rep. Polis. “I am pleased that enough Democrats and Republicans joined together to pass my amendment that I worked on with Thomas Massie and Earl Blumenauer. Hemp is not marijuana, and at the very least, we should allow our universities-the greatest in the world-to research the potential benefits and downsides of this important agricultural commodity. Many states, including Colorado, have demonstrated that they are fully capable of regulating industrial hemp. George Washington and Thomas Jefferson grew hemp.  The first American flag was made of hemp. The US Department of Agriculture produced a "Hemp for Victory" video in 1942. And today, I am proud that an American flag made of hemp will fly over our Capitol on the anniversary of our nation's birth."

"This gesture serves to remind Americans of the historical significance of industrial hemp in our nation's heritage as well as the important role it can play in America's economic future," said Rep. Massie. “Industrial hemp is used for hundreds of products including paper, clothing, rope and be converted into renewable bio-fuels more efficiently than corn or switch grass. It is our goal that the research our amendment enables would further broadcast the economic benefits of the sustainable and job-creating crop.”

“Support for our recent Farm Bill amendment demonstrated that there is growing consensus to revisit the antiquated drug laws that now keep US farmers from participating in the $300 million hemp retail market,” said Rep. Blumenauer. “A hemp flag flown over the Capitol on the 4th of July is a powerful symbol of this reform movement.”

In order to fly a flag over the Capitol, it has to be made in the United States. The flag that will be flown over the Capitol building was made in Colorado from a bolt of hemp fabric found locally. The Rocky Mountain Hemp Association had it made and silk-screened in Colorado. 

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