Stoners and collectors stood in line at post offices around the country to buy the first Marijuana themed postage stamps produced by the USPS.
The retro designs are printed on hemp paper with the old style adhesive that you can lick or moisten to activate. But many fans of the new stamps are disappointed that the paper used is made in China.
Micaela Tall, owner of Hemp Solutions in Albuquerque NM, carries the stamps to go along with the hemp paper and stationary sold at her store. She talked about the stamps and the controversy surrounding the source of the paper.
"It's not surprising that the post office had to source the hemp paper from China, it's just too bad our farmers aren't allowed to grow hemp here. In New Mexico we grow a lot of cotton which could be replaced by hemp, and the hemp is much better for us and the environment because it's less reliant on irrigation, fertilizers, and pesticides."
Sean Callahan, spokesman for the USPS, unveiled the new designs at a press conference in Washington D.C. where the stamps honoring the musical artist Prince were also announced.
Callahan didn't address the issue of the source of the paper, but ironically told the assembled reporters, "This stamp celebrates the history of hemp cultivation in the U.S." He went on to say, "and I want to be clear, it is not a pro-marijuana stamp in any way, regardless of what people will read into it."
Regardless of the USPS's claims, the stamps are a big hit with pro-pot people and sales have been brisk at $4.20 for a book of eight.