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The 2023 Florida Statutes (including Special Session C)

Title XXXIV
ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES AND TOBACCO
Chapter 569
TOBACCO AND NICOTINE PRODUCTS
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F.S. 569.34
569.34 Operating without a retail nicotine products dealer permit; penalty.
(1) It is unlawful for a person, firm, association, or corporation to deal, at retail, in nicotine products, in any manner, or to allow a nicotine products vending machine to be located on its premises, without having a retail nicotine product dealer permit as required by s. 569.32. A person who violates this section commits a noncriminal violation, punishable by a fine of not more than $500.
(2) A retail tobacco products dealer, as defined in s. 569.002(4), is not required to have a separate or additional retail nicotine products dealer permit to deal, at retail, in nicotine products within the state, or allow a nicotine products vending machine to be located on its premises in the state. Any retail tobacco products dealer that deals, at retail, in nicotine products or allows a nicotine products vending machine to be located on its premises in the state, is subject to, and must be in compliance with, this part.
(3) Any person who violates this section shall be cited for such infraction and shall be cited to appear before the county court. The citation may indicate the time, date, and location of the scheduled hearing and must indicate that the penalty for a noncriminal violation is a fine of not more than $500.
(a) A person cited for an infraction under this section may:
1. Post a $500 bond; or
2. Sign and accept the citation indicating a promise to appear.
(b) A person cited for violating this section may:
1. Pay the fine, either by mail or in person, within 10 days after receiving the citation; or
2. If the person has posted bond, forfeit the bond by not appearing at the scheduled hearing.
(c) If the person pays the fine or forfeits bond, the person is deemed to have admitted violating this section and to have waived the right to a hearing on the issue of commission of the violation. Such admission may not be used as evidence in any other proceeding.
(d) The court, after a hearing, shall make a determination as to whether an infraction has been committed. If the commission of an infraction has been proven beyond a reasonable doubt, the court may impose a civil penalty in an amount that may not exceed $500.
(e) If a person is found by the court to have committed the infraction, that person may appeal that finding to the circuit court.
History.s. 24, ch. 2021-14.