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Hemp flag flies at Vt. Statehouse

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MONTPELIER, Vt. -

Hemp advocates gathered at the Vermont Statehouse Tuesday for a flag-raising ceremony of sorts.

The American flag made of hemp has traveled across the country from Colorado to the Capitol building in Washington D.C. People here say it's a show of support for Vermont's new hemp growing law.

Vermont, along with Colorado and Washington state, now allow it for industrial hemp, despite an ongoing federal ban. Advocates say a recent decision by the feds not to interfere with state marijuana laws is good news.

"They're not going to enforce hemp laws either, so we see this as a positive green light that farmers should be ready to go," said Robb Kidd of Rural Vermont.

Supporters say hemp is a versatile agricultural product that can be used for food or fiber products. So far, about four farms have signed up with the Agency of Agriculture to grow it.

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