Maine bill would lift pesticide ban for marijuana plants

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Maine bill would lift pesticide ban for marijuana plants

The measure will take effect as soon as it is signed by Gov. LePage, whose administration supports it.

By Michael Shepherd mshepherd@mainetoday.com
Staff Writer

AUGUSTA — Medical marijuana dispensaries in Maine will be allowed to treat plants with certain low-risk pesticides if a bill enacted Friday by the Legislature becomes law.

Maine lawmakers have approved the use of low-risk pesticides on medical marijuana.

Joe Phelan / Kennebec Journal

L.D. 1531, an emergency measure sponsored by Sen. Thomas Saviello, R-Wilton, a former chairman of the Maine Board of Pesticides Control, passed in the House without a roll-call vote Friday. The Senate passed it Thursday.

The measure would take effect as soon as it is signed by Gov. Paul LePage, whose administration supports the bill.

The bill would amend Department of Health and Human Services rules that prohibit the use of any pesticide on marijuana plants — even a natural substance such as vegetable oil.

“Having anything in your arsenal is better than having nothing,” said Glenn Peterson, who owns Canuvo, a dispensary in Biddeford. “It’s a good thing.”

The DHHS supports the bill, which was prompted by the department’s investigation in March of Wellness Connection of Maine, the nonprofit operator of four of Maine’s eight dispensaries, in Portland, Hallowell, Thomaston and Brewer.

Investigators found 20 violations of state

Article source: http://www.onlinesentinel.com/news/Low-risk-pesticide-use-on-medical-marijuana-OKd-by-Legislature.html

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