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>> A local government in Estonia has approved this controversial flag that uses a cannabis leaf as its symbol. The decision was made after an online poll overwhelmingly voted for it. The tiny region does have traditional ties to the leaf. The town's name, Kanepi, is derived from the Estonian word for marijuana, and the hemp that the ancestors grew and processed into cloth, oil, and ropes over 150 years ago.
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Despite fewer than 5,000 people living in the town and region, an online poll counted over 12,000 votes in favor of the cannabis symbol.>>
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> Our ancestors have grown this plant from industrial and good cause for forward thinking goal, and why can't the leaf this plant be on our coat of arms and flag?
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>> But not everyone agrees with that view. Nine members of the council voted in favor of the flag but eight were against.>> Even if 100 to 150 years ago cannabis was a totally legal substance around the world. It isn't today, and today is giving us a lot of trouble.
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And I must say that I'm against the fact that we'll be marching against sort of flag.>> Despite cannabis being legal in the past, under Estonia's current law, possession and use of small quantities is punishable with a fine.