(a) If a licensee is unable to comply with any licensing requirements due to a disaster, the licensee may notify the Department of this inability to comply and request relief from the specific licensing requirement.
(b) The Department may exercise its discretion to provide temporary relief from specific regulatory requirements in this division and from other licensing requirements when allowed by law.
(c) Temporary relief from specific licensing requirements shall be issued for a reasonable amount of time in order to allow the licensee to recover from the disaster.
(d) The Department may require that certain conditions be followed in order for a licensee to receive temporary relief from specific licensing requirements.
(e) A licensee shall not be subject to an enforcement action for a violation of a licensing requirement in which the licensee has received temporary relief.
(f) For the purposes of this section, “disaster” means condition of extreme peril to the safety of persons and property within the state or a county, city and county, or city caused by such conditions as air pollution, fire, flood, storm, tidal wave, epidemic, riot, drought, terrorism, sudden and severe energy shortage, plant or animal infestation or disease, Governor’s warning of an earthquake or volcanic prediction, or an earthquake, or similar public calamity, other than conditions resulting from a labor controversy, for which the Governor has proclaimed a state of emergency in accordance with Government Code sections 8558 and 8625, or for which a local governing body has proclaimed a local emergency in accordance with Government Code sections 8558 and 8630.
(g) A licensed premises that has been vacated by a licensee due to a disaster shall not be deemed to have been abandoned.
(h) Notwithstanding subsection (a), if a licensee needs to move cannabis or cannabis products stored on the licensed premises to another location immediately to prevent loss, theft, or degradation of the cannabis or cannabis products from the disaster, the licensee may move the cannabis or cannabis products without obtaining prior approval from the Department if the following conditions are met:
(1) The cannabis or cannabis products are moved to a secure location where access to the cannabis or cannabis products can be restricted to the licensee, its employees, and contractors;
(2) The licensee notifies the Department in writing that the cannabis or cannabis products have been moved and that the licensee is requesting relief from complying with specific licensing requirements pursuant to subsection (a) within 24 hours of moving the cannabis or cannabis products;
(3) The licensee agrees to grant the Department access to the location where the cannabis or cannabis products have been moved for inspection; and
(4) The licensee submits a request for temporary relief as described in subsection (i) in writing to the Department within 14 calendar days of moving the cannabis or cannabis products.
(i) Requests for temporary disaster relief shall include the following:
(1) Name of the licensed commercial cannabis business requesting relief.
(2) License number issued by the Department.
(3) Premises address.
(4) Contact information for the owner submitting the request, including name, phone number, and email address.
(5) Date of request.
(6) Specific statutes and regulations from which relief is requested.
(7) Time period for which the relief is requested.
(8) Reason(s) for the request, including a clear explanation of how the relief requested is tied to the specific circumstances of the declared disaster.
Authority: Section 26013, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Section 26012, Business and Professions Code.