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PDFWAC 314-35-050

Vapor product license suspensions and revocations.

(1) The board may revoke or suspend a retailer, distributor, or delivery seller license issued under chapter 70.345 RCW and this chapter upon sufficient cause showing a violation of chapter 70.345 RCW, this chapter, or both.
(2) Any retail location license issued under chapter 82.24 or 82.26 RCW to a person whose vapor product retailer license or licenses have been suspended or revoked for violating RCW 26.28.080 must also be suspended or revoked during the period of suspension or revocation under this section and RCW 70.345.170.
(3) Any person whose license or licenses have been revoked under this section may reapply to the board at the expiration of two years of the license or licenses, unless the license was revoked pursuant to RCW 70.345.180 (2)(e). The license or licenses may be approved by the board if it finds that the licensee has complied with the provisions of this chapter.
(4) A person whose license has been suspended or revoked may not sell vapor products or permit vapor products to be sold during the period of suspension or after revocation on the premises occupied by the person or upon other premises controlled by the person or others or in any other manner or form. If the suspension or revocation involves licenses issued under chapter 82.24 or 82.26 RCW, the person is prohibited from selling cigarette and tobacco products consistent with WAC 314-34-020 and RCW 26.28.080.
(5) On the date a vapor product license suspension goes into effect a board enforcement officer will post a suspension notice in a conspicuous place on or about the licensed premises. This notice will state that the license has been suspended by order of the board due to a violation of a board law or rule.
(6) During the period of vapor product license suspension, the licensee and employees:
(a) Are required to maintain compliance with all applicable vapor product laws and rules;
(b) May not remove, alter, or cover the posted suspension notice, and may not permit another person to do so;
(c) May not place or permit the placement of any statement on the licensed premises indicating that the premises has been closed for any reason other than what is stated in the suspension notice;
(d) May not advertise by any means that the licensed premises is closed for any reason other than what is stated in the board's suspension notice.
(7) During the period of vapor product license suspension:
(a) A vapor product licensee may operate their business provided there is no sale, delivery, service, consumption, removal, or receipt of vapor products.
(b) If a vapor product license is suspended, revoked, or both, the location's licenses under chapter 82.24 or 82.26 RCW if held are also revoked, consistent with subsection (4) of this section.
(8) If the board makes an initial decision to deny a vapor product license or renewal, or suspend or revoke a license for the reasons listed in this section, or as provided in this chapter or chapter 70.345 RCW, the applicant or licensee may request a hearing subject to the applicable provisions described in chapter 34.05 RCW. Appeals under this section will be conducted under a brief adjudicative proceeding pursuant to WAC 314-42-110 through 314-42-130, and RCW 34.05.482 through 34.05.494.
(9) Any determination and order by the board, and any order of suspension or revocation by the board of the license issued under chapter 70.345 RCW or this chapter, or refusal to reinstate a license or licenses after revocation is reviewable by an appeal in the superior court of Thurston County. The superior court must review the order or ruling of the board and may hear the matter de novo, having due regard to the provisions of this chapter and the duties imposed upon the board.
[Statutory Authority: Chapter 70.345 RCW, RCW 82.24.250, 82.32.300, and 2019 c 15 and 2019 c 445). WSR 20-01-074, ยง 314-35-050, filed 12/11/19, effective 1/1/20.]
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