The following outlines current “Notices of Proposed Action” for proposed regulations pending public comment and proposed emergency regulations pending approval that have been requested by the Maryland Secretary of Agriculture and published in the Maryland Register. Click on any of the headlines listed below to read the proposed regulations in their entirety. The contact information and deadline for submitting comments is also included below.
The following notice was published in the Maryland Register, Sept. 16, 2016 (Page 1088)
15.05.01 Use and Sale of Pesticides, Certification of Pesticide Applicators and Pest Control Consultants, and Licensing of Pesticide Businesses
Authority: Agriculture Article, §§ 5-105, 5-106 and 5-204, Annotated Code of Maryland
The Secretary of Agriculture prposes to amend Regulation .02 under COMAR 15.05.01 Use and Sale of Pesticides, Certification aof Pesticide Applicators and Pest Control Consultants and Licensing of Pesticide Businesses. The purpose of this action is to prohibit the use and registration of a pesticide to control plant pests when growing cannabis, but to allow limited pesticide use for the unrelated purpose of disinfection or sanitation before growth. The Secretary of Agriculture has determined that the application of pesticide to cannabis may pose a health risk for human consumption because no pesticides have been registered for this use by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and no risk assessment to human health has been performed. This action also establishes a procedure to be followed by a person who seeks the Secretary’s approval for the use of a pesticide on cannabis. There is no corresponding federal standard to this proposed action. Currently, only 15 medical cannabis grow facilities licensed by the State Cannabis Commission will be allowed to grow cannabis. Prohibiting the use of a pesticide on these plants will require growers to incur the cost of applying sound integrated pest management practices to control plant pests. In addition, a person who seeks approval from the Secretary of Agriculture to use a pesticide on cannabis must assume the substantial cost of performing a risk assessment for any pesticide to be approved. The proposed action has minimal or no economic impact on small businesses. The proposed action has no impact on individuals with disabilities. Comments may be sent to Dennis Howard, Program Manager, Pesticide Regulation, Maryland Department of Agriculture, 50 Harry S. Truman Parkway, Annapolis, Maryland 21401, or call (410) 841-5710, or email to email@example.com, or fax to (410) 841-2765. Comments will be accepted through October 17, 2016. A public hearing has not been scheduled.
Note: Notices of Final Action will stay on this page for six months. After that, all state regulations can be viewed at the Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) site.
The following notices were published in the August 19, 2016 Maryland Register (p. 956)
The following notices were published in the June 24, 2016 Maryland Register (p. 713)
The following notice was published in the May 27, 2016 Maryland Register (p. 635)
The following notice was published in the May 13, 2016 Maryland Register (p. 589)
The following notice was published in the April 1, 2016 Maryland Register (p.452)
50 Harry S. Truman Parkway, Annapolis, MD 21401