38-35-9. Entrance by department--Consent--Fee--Inspection, confiscation, and disposal--Costs--Liability for destruction--Records.

The secretary may contract with the Department of Public Safety to conduct inspections and sampling of lots and any processor location. The department and the Department of Public Safety may enter on any land or other property where hemp is grown, produced, stored, or processed for the purpose of inspections, sample collection, testing, or investigation while enforcing this chapter. Any person who holds a license under this chapter is deemed to have given consent to the reasonable search and seizure of any hemp without a warrant to determine the lawful amount of total delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration and for enforcement of the provisions of this chapter.

The secretary shall assess a grower inspection fee per lot for grower licensees, a research inspection fee per lot for research licenses, and a processor inspection fee per location for processor licensees.

Any substance found to be in violation of this chapter is subject to confiscation and disposal at the direction of the Department of Public Safety. Any costs arising from the loss of crop, destruction, confiscation, or disposal are the responsibility of the grower, producer, processor, or owner of the substance. The state is not liable for any confiscation, seizure, disposal, or destruction of any substance carried out under this chapter. Any testing, inspection, and investigation results must be provided to the licensee. Notice of any violation must be provided to the licensee in writing. Inspection and investigation records are not open records pursuant to chapter 1-27.

Source: SL 2020, ch 176, § 9, eff. Mar. 27, 2020; SL 2022, ch 155, § 9, eff. Mar. 18, 2022.