How a Hemp Flag From Denver Made U.S. History on July 4

Michael Bowman (third from right upfront) meets with Willie Nelson as he holds his historic hemp flag after a Nelson performance in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Photo courtesy of Michael Bowman

GEORGIE SMITH | JULY 4, 2019 | 5:50AM


It’s been six years since Colorado native Michael Bowman pulled off a monumental coup for hemp on the Fourth of July. With the help of Jared Polis — a Colorado congressman at the time — Bowman briefly raised a Denver-made American flag above the United States Capitol Building on July 4, 2013.

That flag was made from hemp fibers, which were federally illegal at the time. Six years later, hemp is now federally legal thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill, and Bowman has co-founded his own publicly held hemp venture.

But for Bowman, it all goes back to that historic moment in 2013.

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A veteran of the US Army. I have lived in Fl for 28 years and I am well diverse in Cannabis and Hemp. Looking forward to the future.

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