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.
Have You Been Charged With Selling Nitrous?
Being charged with selling nitrous oxide is no laughing matter. If you’ve been charged with a crime we can help keep your record clean. This may be through a plea negotiation or challenge by trial. Either way, we are experienced in helping our clients resolve cases.
Sam Bernstein is a Criminal Lawyer in Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor.
ArborYpsi Law is located at 4158 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48108.
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