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Hemp Flag Will Fly Above Capitol for Fourth of July

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Fireworks won’t be the only thing flying high over the Capitol during the Fourth of July celebration.

An American flag made of hemp, a non-psychoactive variant of marijuana, will be flown over the Capitol on July 4 for one day.

Industrial hemp – which is considered by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to be a Schedule I substance along with ecstasy and heroin – is a type of cannabis plant that cannot legally be grown in the U.S. but is legally imported and used in hundreds of products ranging from rope to clothing.

Advocates say the plant has been unfairly demonized by drug regulators, even though it actually contains very little THC, the psychoactive chemical in its cousin plant, marijuana.

Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo. – who authored an amendment to the Farm Bill which passed the House and would allow industrial hemp research in states where it is legal – sponsored the hemp flag through the Capitol Flag Office, which allows members to request specific flags be flown over the Capitol building.

This will be the first time in more than 80 years that a flag made from hemp will fly over the Capitol, according to The Atlantic.

“Many of our founding fathers, including Thomas Jefferson and George Washington grew hemp,” Polis said. “Many of the very first American flags were made from hemp cloths. So there’s a real tie-in to our countries history and the important role industrial hemp played in agriculture in our country.”

The first American flag made by Betsy Ross was made from industrial hemp.

Colorado hemp-advocate Michael Bowman gave the flag to Polis as a prop to be used during Polis’ floor speech which then sparked his idea of flying it over the Capitol.

“I was on my way from the office building to the House gallery,” said Bowman. “I looked up and saw the flag flying over the Capitol, and I wondered, what if we put a hemp flag there?”

Per Capitol rules, flags flown over the building must be made in America.

Although growing hemp in the U.S is illegal under federal law, the hemp flag was grown in Colorado, which recently legalized the cultivation of the plant.

“It’s an important symbol, I think, to connect where we came from with regard to hemp and where we are going in the future,” said Bowman.

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Scout Leader From Mitt Romney’s Oft-Told Anecdote Makes Surprise Cameo

Jin Lee/Bloomberg via Getty Images(ENGLEWOOD, Colo.) -- One of Mitt Romney’s most told anecdotes came to life tonight in front of one of the candidate’s largest crowds, as the GOP presidential nominee paraded out a Boy Scoutmaster and an American flag he has been mentioning in stump speeches throughout his campaign, a story meant to highlight American greatness.

“A hero is not someone who is larger than life, just larger than himself,” Romney began, launching into the story of meeting with Boy Scout leaders at a Scoutmaster ceremony several years ago. It was there, Romney said, that Scoutmaster William Tolbert told the story of his troop from Monument, Colorado, wanting a “special” American flag.

The troop’s flag flew above the Capitol in Washington D.C., as Romney tells the story, and then NASA agreed to the unthinkable: the organization agreed to fly the flag with the space shuttle Challenger on its mission in 1986.

“Can you imagine the pride of our boys as they were sitting in their rooms at school watching the TV sets as they saw the Space Challenger Shuttle launch into the air and then they saw it explode on the TV screen in front of their eyes,” Romney told the crowd of 17,000 tonight.

Romney recalled how Tolbert said he’d called NASA for weeks and months asking if any of the flag had survived the crash, which had killed all seven crew members on board. Eventually, Tolbert got the news he was waiting for, and the Boy Scout troop a surprise of a lifetime.

“They presented the boys with this plastic container and they open it up and inside was the American flag – their flag – in perfect condition,” said Romney.

“And I haven’t seen that flag in I don’t know, 15 or 20 years, or that Scoutmaster, but Monument, Colorado, is not that far from here,” Romney said, calling out to the Scoutmaster to enter the stage, the crowd erupting in cheers.

“Now, did I get that story right?” Romney asked Tolbert, who came holding the folded flag, which was in a case, in his hands proudly.

“You did, Sir,” Tolbert responded, giving Romney a salute.

A campaign aide later said that the campaign had reached out to Tolbert to invite him to tonight’s rally, and Tolbert agreed, gifting Romney with a flag from NASA as a keepsake.

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