AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — When the law takes effect next year, it will ban most fruits, vegetables and honey from sale in grocery stores, restaurants and other places where it’s sold.
It’s a big deal for Maine, which has a big sugar industry and a huge honey industry, including a $6 billion annual market for the sweet stuff.
Maine law enforcement said Tuesday that while it may seem to be the beginning of a long-overdue crackdown, the law is going to have a limited impact.
It’s intended to make fruit and other fruits that are legal to sell a little bit more difficult to find, so they are more expensive for consumers.
But if you’re a fruit vendor and you want to sell, you will be able to do so, according to the law enforcement department’s draft draft guidance.
The draft guidance is still being reviewed and is subject to change before it becomes law.
It will set up a task force that would include representatives from the state’s three main fruit growers and retailers, along with the Maine Department of Agriculture, the state health department and the state liquor commission.
It would be up to each of those agencies to decide whether to implement the new rule.
A year ago, the Department of Health issued a notice of proposed rulemaking in an effort to make sure the law took effect.
The agency was responding to concerns that it might be difficult to enforce the ban.
A spokeswoman for Health and Human Services, which oversees the department, says the draft guidance does not address that issue.