In the Estonian language, the literal translation of the word “cannabis” is “kanepi”. Earlier this week, the rural Estonian town named Kanepi voted to adopt a marijuana leaf as its official logo.
The vote also means the municipality will proudly fly a new flag adorned with the marijuana leaf, local officials said. Centuries ago, the southern Estonian town was known throughout the region for hemp oil processing and hemp fabric industries. Hemp, of course, is a type of marijuana for its industrial applications and contains nearly undetectable amounts of psychoactive THC.
The Kanepi municipality was formed last summer after merging with two other districts under a single government. The citizens of the new official town voted on a new emblem, according to ERR. There were seven different options to vote on and the silver marijuana leaf garnered 12.000 of the 15,000 votes. Earlier this week, the Kanepi Municipal Council voted to endorse the vote. That vote was much closer: 9-8 in favor.
According to Mayor Andrus Seeme, the panel didn’t support the design exactly as it was presented in the referendum — while the cannabis leaf will remain, the committee recommends stylizing the leaf somewhat. Seeme said the leaf has been used as an official logo by locals for decades.
“Today the cannabis leaf is seen primarily as a recreational drug, but in fact, hemp-type cannabis has been used in practical ways for years and it has hundreds of uses,” Seeme told AFP, adding that he saw “nothing wrong” with the town’s new logo. “We have a few local businesses producing organic hemp oil and flour,” Seeme said, adding that a local bakery also sells bread with hemp seeds while another business produces concrete using hemp.