Flying High: Estonia Community Puts Pot Leaf on Flag
Move over marijuana legalization, a community in Estonia has taken the next step and put a cannabis leaf on its flag.
Kanepi, located in the southern part of the country, put question of a new flag design to vote in an online poll.
The population of Kanepi, which means cannabis in Estonian, is about 2,500, but the January poll received 15,000 votes of which 12,000 were for the cannabis symbol, according to the BBC.
The voters had seven designs to choose after a municipal panel narrowed down the 23 submitted.
Andrus Seeme, mayor for Kanepi's 2,500 souls, said Wednesday the city council adopted the design featuring a silver cannabis leaf on a green shield Tuesday.
The decision to adopt a new flag came after three municipalities merged into one following last year's administrative reform.
Seeme said the leaf has been used as a heraldic symbol by local groups for decades and the new flag has met little opposition.
Cannabis isn't legal in Estonia, but it is decriminalized. It is illegal to sell marijuana but possession of up to 7.5 grams is considered personal use and is punishable by a fine.
The Associated Press contributed material to this story.