New Law Creates Penalties for Selling Nitrous Oxide

A new law takes effect today aiming to crack down on Whip-It use. Whip-Its are canisters filled with nitrous oxide.

Also known as laughing gas, people use nitrous because it produces a feeling of light-headedness and euphoria. Nitrous oxide is sold in grocery stores in every-day grocery products. Whip-Its are so-called inhalant drugs because people inhale them.

New Nitrous Oxide Misdemeanors

A person may not sell nitrous oxide to a person under the age of 18. A person who sells nitrous oxide without making a diligent inquiry about the person’s age is liable for a civil violation, with a fine of up to $500.

It is a misdemeanor to sell nitrous oxide for the purpose of using the nitrous oxide to get high. This misdemeanor is punishable by up to 93 days in jail, a $100 fine, or both.

A person convicted of selling nitrous to get high who has a previous conviction for this charge is liable for a misdemeanor punishable by up to 1 year in jail, a $500 fine, or both.

A person convicted of selling nitrous to get high who has 2 or more prior convictions for this charge is liable for a felony, punishable by up to 4 years in prison, a $2,000 fine, or both.

Read the Full Law Here

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