An Act To Maintain Access to Safe Medical Marijuana
Emergency preamble. Whereas, acts and resolves of the Legislature do not become effective until 90 days after adjournment unless enacted as emergencies; and
Whereas, the people of Maine voted in support of access for patients to legal and safe medical marijuana in both 1999 and 2009; and
Whereas, thousands of Maine residents suffer from one of the debilitating medical conditions for which medical marijuana is currently allowed for treatment, including cancer, glaucoma, positive status for human immunodeficiency virus, acquired immune deficiency syndrome, hepatitis C, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Crohn's disease, agitation of Alzheimer's disease and nail-patella syndrome, among others; and
Whereas, immediate enactment of this Act is necessary to ensure continued access to safe medical marijuana for the thousands of Maine patients currently recommended this medicine; and
Whereas, in the judgment of the Legislature, these facts create an emergency within the meaning of the Constitution of Maine and require the following legislation as immediately necessary for the preservation of the public peace, health and safety; now, therefore,
Sec. 1. 22 MRSA §2423-A, sub-§2, ¶B, as amended by PL 2011, c. 407, Pt. B, §16, is further amended to read:
Sec. 2. 22 MRSA §2428, sub-§9, ¶G is enacted to read:
Sec. 3. Authorized pesticides for use in medical marijuana cultivation. The Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Board of Pesticides Control shall establish and make publicly available a list of minimum risk pesticides authorized for use in the cultivation of medical marijuana. The authorized pesticides must be exempt from federal regulation under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act, Section 25(b). The board shall publish the list no later than 30 days following the effective date of this section. Action taken by the board pursuant to this section is not rulemaking for purposes of the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 5, chapter 375.
Emergency clause. In view of the emergency cited in the preamble, this legislation takes effect when approved.
This bill prohibits the use of pesticides in the cultivation of medical marijuana unless the pesticide is authorized by the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Board of Pesticides Control. The bill directs the board to establish, for authorized use in the cultivation of medical marijuana, a list of minimum risk pesticides that are exempt from federal regulation under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act, Section 25(b).