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As of January 1, 2018, the hard-fought and won Pollinator Protection Act went into effect. Stores had 18 months after the law was passed to continue to sell their current inventories—this concession to stores ended this New Year’s day.
Except it didn’t. Apparently, many stores have not ended the sales of banned neonic-containing consumer garden and lawncare products. Maybe store managers or their corporate purchasing departments don’t know about the new Maryland law. These pollinator-harming products may be available for unwitting Maryland consumers–at a store near you. So, it falls to all of us to tell them.
Help us get these dangerous outlawed products out of Maryland stores. We need you to go to your friendly neighborhood store and check the shelf for a neonic product. Then report it to us. This fact sheet makes it easy to do in 5-10 minutes on your next visit.
Join this simple, yet effective, community service—to benefit the whole web of pollinator life. We think of it as a people-powered pollinator defender squad—will you help us? It’s a great activity to do with your children who will learn a valuable civics lesson in the process of defending the butterflies and lightening bugs we all loved as children.
The bottom line: If we don’t bring awareness of the new law to store owners and infractions to the Maryland Dept. of Agriculture, then no one is going to do anything about enforcing it. Let us know what you find and report, and we will follow-up.
Download the “5 Simple Steps” Pollinator Squad fact sheet.