MONTPELIER, Vt. —On Tuesday afternoon, Old Glory was given some new threads.
In celebration of a new law allowing farmers to grow industrial hemp, members of the farm advocacy group Rural Vermont raised an American flag made out of the plant over the state house.
“There’s a lot more open-mindedness (in Vermont), so it’s completely gratifying to know we’ve come this far,” said Robb Kidd, the organizer of Rural Vermont.
The flag came all the way from Colorado, the first state to make industrial hemp legal.
“We wanted to be here to help Vermont celebrate their recent move in joining us in this legalization campaign,” said Michael Bowman of the Colorado Industrial Hemp commission.
Members of the commission are taking the flag to different states who have or are working to pass similar legislature.
Before the state house, the flag was raised over the U.S. Capitol building.