(a) The Department and its authorized representatives, for purposes of inspection, investigation, review, or audit, shall have full and immediate access to:
(1) Enter any premises licensed by the Department.
(2) Inspect and test any vehicle or equipment possessed by, in control of, or used by a licensee or their agents and employees for the purpose of conducting commercial cannabis activity.
(3) Test any cannabis goods or cannabis-related materials or products possessed by, in control of, or used by a licensee or their agents and employees for the purpose of conducting commercial cannabis activity.
(4) Copy any materials, books, or records of any licensee or their agents and employees.
(b) Failure to cooperate with and participate in any Department investigation pending against the licensee may result in a licensing violation subject to discipline. This subsection shall not be construed to deprive a licensee of any privilege guaranteed by the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, or any other constitutional or statutory privileges. This subsection shall not be construed to require a licensee to cooperate with a request that would require the licensee to waive any constitutional or statutory privilege or to comply with a request for information or other matters within an unreasonable period of time in light of the time constraints of the licensee’s business. Any constitutional or statutory privilege exercised by the licensee shall not be used against the licensee in a regulatory or disciplinary proceeding against the licensee.
(c) Prior notice of an inspection, investigation, review, or audit is not required.
(d) Any inspection, investigation, review, or audit of a licensed premises shall be conducted anytime the licensee is exercising privileges under the license, or as otherwise agreed to by the Department and the licensee or its agents, employees, or representatives.
(e) If the licensed premises is not accessible because access is only available by going through another licensed premises and the licensee occupying the other licensed premises denies the Department access, the licensees shall both be held responsible and subject to discipline.
Authority: Section 26013, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 26013, 26015 and 26160, Business and Professions Code; and Section 11181, Government Code.