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Hemp Loobying In D.C.

The Face Of Hemp In Washington

Industrial hemp has a lobbyist, and he’s a true believer

Written by: Chris Moody

Ben Droz loosened the red paisley tie around his neck, pulled the knot over his head and replaced it with a skinny black cord made of hemp with sterling silver tassels at the ends. He reached into his pocket and pulled out a couple of plastic tie slides—a screaming eagle and a geometric wood piece—that would, when attached, turn the string into a bolo tie.

“This one’s more subtle, more professional,” Droz said, selecting the wooden piece. He pulled it up the string toward his Adam’s apple. His bolo tie in place, he was ready to “go lobbying,” as Droz put it.

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