California Code, Health and Safety Code - HSC § 11107

(a) Any manufacturer, wholesaler, retailer, or other person or entity in this state that sells to any person or entity in this state or any other state, any laboratory glassware or apparatus, any chemical reagent or solvent, or any combination thereof, where the value of the goods sold in the transaction exceeds one hundred dollars ($100) shall do the following:

(1) Notwithstanding any other law, in any face-to-face or will-call sale, the seller shall prepare a bill of sale which identifies the date of sale, cost of product, method of payment, specific items and quantities purchased, and the proper purchaser identification information, all of which shall be entered onto the bill of sale or a legible copy of the bill of sale, and shall also affix on the bill of sale his or her signature as witness to the purchase and identification of the purchaser.

(A) For the purposes of this section, “proper purchaser identification” includes a valid motor vehicle operator's license or other official and valid state-issued identification of the purchaser that contains a photograph of the purchaser, and includes the residential or mailing address of the purchaser, other than a post office box number, the motor vehicle license number of the motor vehicle used by the purchaser at the time of purchase, a description of how the substance is to be used, and the signature of the purchaser.

(B) The seller shall retain the original bill of sale containing the purchaser identification information for five years in a readily presentable manner, and present the bill of sale containing the purchaser identification information upon demand by any law enforcement officer or authorized representative of the Attorney General.  Copies of these bills of sale obtained by representatives of the Attorney General shall be maintained by the Department of Justice for a period of not less than five years.

(2)(A) Notwithstanding any other law, in all sales other than face-to- face or will-call sales the seller shall maintain for a period of five years the following sales information:  the name and address of the purchaser, date of sale, product description, cost of product, method of payment, method of delivery, delivery address, and valid identifying information.

(B) For the purposes of this paragraph, “valid identifying information” includes two or more of the following:  federal tax identification number;  resale tax identification number;  city or county business license number;  license issued by the State Department of Public Health;  registration number issued by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration;  precursor business permit number issued by the Department of Justice;  motor vehicle operator's license;  or other identification issued by a state.

(C) The seller shall, upon the request of any law enforcement officer or any authorized representative of the Attorney General, produce a report or record of sale containing the information in a readily presentable manner.

(D) If a common carrier is used, the seller shall maintain a manifest regarding the delivery in a readily presentable manner and for a period of five years.

(b) This section shall not apply to any wholesaler who is licensed by the California State Board of Pharmacy and registered with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration of the United States Department of Justice and who sells laboratory glassware or apparatus, any chemical reagent or solvent, or any combination thereof, to a licensed pharmacy, physician, dentist, podiatrist, or veterinarian.

(c) A violation of this section is a misdemeanor.

(d) For the purposes of this section, the following terms have the following meanings:

(1) “Laboratory glassware” includes, but is not limited to, condensers, flasks, separatory funnels, and beakers.

(2) “Apparatus” includes, but is not limited to, heating mantles, ring stands, and rheostats.

(3) “Chemical reagent” means a chemical that reacts chemically with one or more precursors, but does not become part of the finished product.

(4) “Chemical solvent” means a chemical that does not react chemically with a precursor or reagent and does not become part of the finished product.  A “chemical solvent” helps other chemicals mix, cools chemical reactions, and cleans the finished product.


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