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American flag made of hemp flies high over D.C.

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  • Report: American flag over the capitol today made of hemp
  • First hemp flag to fly over D.C. since 1930's

The flag flying over the U.S. Capitol will be a little different today: It will reportedly be made of hemp!

That's a substance that's actually illegal to grow in the United States.

But lawmakers have been trying to change that law.

The Washington Post reports a Colorado advocate came up with the plan to fly a hemp flag over the capitol.

Some historians think the first American flag, sewn by Betsy Ross in 1776, was made of hemp.

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