§ 21-28-3.09. Denial, revocation, or suspension of licenses.
(a) A license to manufacture, distribute, or dispense a controlled substance, may be suspended or revoked by the director of health upon finding that the licensee:
(1) Has materially falsified any application filed pursuant to this chapter or required by this chapter;
(2) Has been convicted of any violation of the provisions of this chapter or any law of the United States or of any state relating to any substances defined in this chapter as a controlled substance;
(3) Has had his or her federal registration suspended or revoked by competent federal law to engage in the manufacture, distribution, or dispensing of controlled substances; or
(4) Has violated any provisions of this chapter.
(b) The director of health may limit revocation or suspension of a license to a particular controlled substance with respect to which grounds for revocation or suspension exist.
(c) Before taking action pursuant to this section or pursuant to a denial of license under this section, the director of health shall serve upon the applicant or licensee an order to show cause why license should not be denied, revoked, or suspended. The order to show cause shall contain a statement of the basis of the order and shall call upon the applicant or licensee to appear before the director of health at a time and place stated in the order but in no event less than thirty (30) days after the date of receipt of the order. Proceedings to deny, revoke, or suspend shall be conducted pursuant to this section in accordance with chapter 35 of title 42, the Administrative Procedures Act. The proceedings shall be independent of, and not in lieu of, criminal prosecutions or other proceedings under this chapter or any law of the state.
(d) The director of health may suspend for a period of ten (10) days any license simultaneously with the institution of proceedings under this section in cases where he or she finds that there is an imminent danger to the public safety or health. The suspension shall continue in effect until the conclusion of the proceedings, including judicial review of them, unless sooner withdrawn by the director of health or dissolved by a court of competent jurisdiction.
(e) In the event the director of health suspends or revokes a license granted under this chapter, all controlled substances owned or possessed by the licensee pursuant to the licensure at the time of suspension or the effective date of the revocation order, as the case may be, may be placed under embargo by the director of health. No disposition may be made of substances under embargo until the time for taking an appeal has elapsed or until all appeals have been concluded unless a court, upon application for the court order, orders the sale of perishable substances and the deposit of the proceeds of the sale with the court. Upon revocation order becoming final, all controlled substances shall be forfeited to the director of health for destruction.
(P.L. 1974, ch. 183, § 2.)