WASHINGTON - A Colorado-made Old Glory created from hemp will fly high above the nation's Capitol on the most patriotic day of the year thanks to an Eastern Plains farmer who is more than passionate about getting the industrial stuff legalized nationally.
The flag gets one day of air above the Capitol dome before another flag, meaningful to someone else, replaces it the next day.
But the Fourth of July, when hundreds of thousands throng to the National Mall to see fireworks and listen to a free concert, is arguably good real estate to promote the cause.
"I thought it was a great act of symbolism," said Michael Bowman, who grows corn in drought-ravaged Wray and wants to replace some of his fields with industrial hemp to save water.
Rep. Jared Polis, D-Boulder, a fierce advocate of pushing marijuana decriminalization at the federal level, held the flag on the U.S. House of Representatives floor a few weeks ago during a debate on an amendment to legalize industrial hemp.