Pesticides on Medical Cannabis in Maryland
The Natalie M. LaPrade Medical Cannabis Commission Reform
Act (the “Act”), Chapter 598 of the Acts of 2018, permits the use of specified crop
protection agents (e.g., pesticides) in the cultivation of medical cannabis.
The Act requires the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA), in consultation
with the MMCC, to develop emergency regulations allowing for the registration
and use of certain pesticides as part of an integrated pest management plan.
The MDA issued emergency regulations, effective July 6,
2018, permitting the use of specified pesticides in the cultivation of medical
cannabis. The list of pesticides allowed in the cultivation of medical cannabis
can be found on the MDA
website. The emergency regulations are set to expire 120 days from the
effective date. A proposed regulation, subject to public notice and comment, is
scheduled to replace the emergency regulations.
The emergency regulations prohibit the use of a pesticide unless
the pesticide is labeled for use in a greenhouse environment, and:
related to the application of any pesticide in the cultivation of medical
cannabis should be directed to the Maryland Department of Agriculture:
Pesticide Regulation at (410) 841-5710
State Chemist at (410) 841-2721
Please find the statutory provisions permitting the use of
specific crop protection agents in Section 11 of Chapter 598 of the Acts of
2018, available here.
The emergency regulations may be viewed here.
A summary of the emergency regulations may be viewed here.
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