Subdivision 1. Enforcement required.
(a) A violation of chapter 18G or 18H, sections
, or an associated rule is a violation of this chapter.
(b) Upon the request of the commissioner, county attorneys, sheriffs, and other officers having
authority in the enforcement of the general criminal laws must take action to the extent of their
authority necessary or proper for the enforcement of chapter 18G or 18H, sections
or associated rules or valid orders, standards, stipulations, and agreements of the commissioner.
Subd. 2. Commissioner's discretion.
If minor violations of chapter 18G or 18H, sections
, or associated rules occur or the commissioner believes the public interest will
be best served by a suitable notice of warning in writing, this section does not require the
(1) report the violation for prosecution;
(2) institute seizure proceedings; or
(3) issue a withdrawal from distribution, stop-sale, or other order.
Subd. 3. Civil actions.
Civil judicial enforcement actions may be brought by the attorney
general in the name of the state on behalf of the commissioner. A county attorney may bring a
civil judicial enforcement action upon the request of the commissioner and agreement by the
Subd. 4. Injunction.
The commissioner may apply to a court with jurisdiction for a
temporary or permanent injunction to prevent, restrain, or enjoin violations of this chapter.
Subd. 5. Criminal actions.
For a criminal action, the county attorney from the county where
a criminal violation occurred is responsible for prosecuting a violation of this chapter. If the county
attorney refuses to prosecute, the attorney general on request of the commissioner may prosecute.
Subd. 6. Agent for service of process.
All persons licensed, permitted, registered, or
certified under chapter 18G or 18H, sections
, or associated rules must appoint the
commissioner as the agent upon whom all legal process may be served and service upon the
commissioner is deemed to be service on the licensee, permittee, registrant, or certified person.
History: 2003 c 128 art 6 s 5