Q: With all the talk about CBD oil being approved by the state House and Senate, how did state Sen. Robert Nichols and state Rep. Trent Ashby vote on the issue?

A: One of two laws associated with cannabidiol oil has already passed the Legislature this past session.

HB 1325 defines the difference between industrial hemp and marijuana and allows the sale of CBD oil with less than .3% on a dry-weight basis — which would put Texas in line with the 2018 U.S. Farm Bill. Gov. Greg Abbott signed it into law late Monday.

House Bill 3703 would expand the list of conditions for which prescriptions of CBD with a THC concentration of .5% or less would be allowed. That bill has been sent to Abbott, who has until Sunday to sign or veto the legislation before it becomes law without his signature.

Ashby (R-Lufkin) and Nichols (R-Jacksonville) voted yes on both bills.

Q: I have an old flag I’d like to retire. What is the “official” etiquette for doing so? I want to do it as respectfully as possible.

A: Retiring a flag properly is relatively easy to do and is a great way to commemorate Flag Day and to remember the symbolism the U.S. flag holds. The easiest way to retire a flag is to give it to a veteran or the Veterans of Foreign Wars for disposal. According to the VFW’s official website, there are five considerations to make with flag disposal.

Before anything though, make sure you’re following local and state fire codes. In Lufkin, you’re safe to burn a flag on your property as long as it won’t cause any structure damage. Residents in other Angelina County cities should call city hall or the local fire department.

1. The flag is to be folded in its customary manner. A step-by-step tutorial on how to do this at vfw.org/community/flag-etiquette.

2. Ensure the fire is large enough to completely burn the flag. By the time the fire is out, there should be only ash left.

3. Place the flag on the fire.

4. Come to attention and either salute the flag or hold your hand over your heart, recite the Pledge of Allegiance and hold a moment of silence for reflection.

5. Ensure the flag is completely consumed, extinguish any additional fire and bury the ashes.

On Friday I know of two Flag Day ceremonies, but there may be more. The Angelina County Farmers Market is holding a community flag retirement ceremony at 11 a.m. at the market.

The city of Lufkin is also holding a Flag Day ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Friday. VFW Post No. 1836 will be participating in this observance.

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