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Article - Agriculture




§9.5–303.

    (a)    On finding a tier 1 plant in violation of § 9.5–302(a)(2) of this subtitle, the Secretary may:

        (1)    Issue a written condemnation seizure order;

        (2)    Mark or tag the plant in a conspicuous manner; and

        (3)    Provide written notice to the owner, tenant, or person in charge of the premises.

    (b)    (1)    On notice from the Secretary, a person shall dispose of a tier 1 plant in accordance with regulations adopted by the Secretary.

        (2)    If a tier 1 plant is not disposed of in accordance with paragraph (1) of this subsection, the Secretary shall:

            (i)    Destroy the plant;

            (ii)    Prepare a statement of facts and a statement of the expense of destruction; and

            (iii)    Provide copies of the statements to the Attorney General.

    (c)    (1)    The Attorney General shall institute the appropriate proceeding to collect the expenses due to the Secretary.

        (2)    A copy of the statements prepared under subsection (b)(2) of this section is sufficient evidence to prove a claim under this subsection.