(a) Any person who distributes tobacco, tobacco products, electronic nicotine delivery systems, or alternative nicotine products within this state shall first obtain a permit from the board for each location of distribution. There is no fee for the permit.
(b) Any person who maintains a tobacco, tobacco product, electronic nicotine delivery system, or alternative nicotine product vending machine on his or her property in this state shall first obtain a permit from the board for each machine at each machine location. The permit for each machine shall be posted in a conspicuous place on the machine.
(c) A permit shall be valid only for the location specified in the permit application.
(d) A permit is not transferable or assignable and shall be renewed annually. Notwithstanding the foregoing, if a location for which a permit is obtained is sold or transferred, the permit shall be transferred to the person obtaining control of the location and shall be valid for 30 days after the transfer during which time a new permit shall be obtained.
(e) If feasible, the board by rule may adopt procedures for the issuance and renewal of permits which combine tobacco permit procedures with the application and licensing procedures for alcoholic beverages.