Louisiana Revised Statutes Tit. 40, § 1047. Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry;  authorization to obtain criminal history record information

A. As used in this Section, the following terms shall have the following meaning:

(1) “Applicant” means a natural person, a corporation, limited liability company, partnership, joint stock association, sole proprietorship, joint venture, business association, cooperative association, professional corporation or any other legal entity or organization through which business is conducted.

(2) “Bureau” means the Louisiana Bureau of Criminal Identification and Information of the office of state police within the Department of Public Safety and Corrections.

(3) “Criminal history record information” means information collected by state and federal criminal justice agencies on individuals consisting of identifiable descriptions and notations of arrests, detentions, indictments, bills of information, or any formal criminal charges, and any disposition arising therefrom, including sentencing, criminal correctional supervision, and release.  It shall not include intelligence information gathered for investigatory purposes or any identification information which does not indicate involvement of the individual in the criminal justice system.

(4) “Department” means Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry.

(5) “FBI” means the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States Department of Justice.

(6) “Licensure” means any license or permit that the department is authorized to issue for the production of recommended therapeutic marijuana and the facility producing therapeutic marijuana.

B. In addition to any other requirements established by department rules, the department shall require an applicant, as a condition of eligibility for licensure:

(1) To submit a full set of fingerprints, in a form and manner prescribed by the department.

(2) To permit the department to request and obtain state and national criminal history record information on the applicant.

(3) To pay the reasonable costs to be incurred by the department in requesting and obtaining state and national criminal history record information on the applicant.

C. In accordance with the provisions and procedure prescribed by this Section, the department shall request and obtain state and national criminal history record information from the bureau and the FBI relative to any applicant for licensure whose fingerprints the department has obtained pursuant to this Section for the purpose of determining the applicant's suitability and eligibility for licensure.

D. Upon request by the department and upon submission of an applicant's fingerprints, and such other identifying information as may be required, the bureau shall survey its criminal history records and identification files and make a simultaneous request of the FBI for like information from other jurisdictions.  The bureau may charge the department a reasonable processing fee for conducting and reporting on any such search.

E. Any and all state or national criminal history record information obtained by the department from the bureau or FBI which is not already a matter of public record shall be deemed nonpublic and confidential information restricted to the exclusive use by the department in evaluating the applicant's eligibility or disqualification for licensure.  No such information or records related thereto shall, except with the written consent of the applicant or by order of a court of competent jurisdiction, be released or otherwise disclosed by the department to any other person or agency.


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