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STATE INHALANT LEGISLATION

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NOTE: The following information was compiled by the National Conference on State Legislatures and may not be a complete report on legislative efforts. Legislation dealing with nitrous oxide misuse can be found at http://www.cognitiveliberty.org/dll/N20_state_laws.htm

* indicates state which provides a fine, jail time or treatment option for violation of inhalant laws

State

Law Prohibits

Substances Prohibited

Fine

Jail

Treatment

Arizona

sale, transfer, or offer to sell to minor

vapor releasing substance containing toxic substance

*

*

California

sale, distribution, dispensation, possession to minor

toluene, materials containing toluene, nitrous oxide

*

*

Colorado

inhaling certain compounds for intoxication

general prohibition of inhalable compounds

Connecticut

sale, distribution to minor

nitrous oxide, including "whippet kits"

*

Georgia

general inhalants; also prosecutes inhalants under DUI law

general prohibition of inhalable compounds

*

*

Florida

inhaling certain compounds for intoxification

general prohibition of inhalable compounds

Hawaii

knowingly selling tolulol or inhalable compounds to minors

liquid/chemical containing toluol, inhalable substances

Idaho

possession by minors or use of inhalant for intoxification

aerosol spray, other inhalant

*

*

Illinois

knowingly sell, offer or deliver to minor

liquid/chemical containing toluol, inhalable substances

Iowa

sale, distribution or use for the purpose of intoxification

nitrous oxide

*

*

Kentucky

inhaling certain compounds for intoxification

general prohibition of inhalable compounds

Louisiana

prohibits sale or transfer of possession to minor

model glue, inhalable toluene substances

*

*

New Mexico

sale to minors; inhaling or possessing for intoxification

model glue, aerosol spray, & chemicals for intoxication

*

*

*

Maine

inhaling toxic vapors for effect; sale or distribution for purpose of intoxification to minor

general prohibition of inhalable compounds

*

*

Maryland

distribution, instruction to minor; sale or distribution to minor

drugs/noxious substances, including butyl nitrite & butane

*

*

Massachusetts

retailers must require ID for sale and maintain register of minors which is available for police inspection; inhalants are required to have noxious deterrents against intoxification

glue or cement

*

*

Michigan

inhaling certain compounds for intoxification

general prohibition of inhalable compounds

Minnesota

sale to minors; use and possession for intoxification; businesses must post signs stating it is illegal to sell butane/butane lighters to minors

general inhalable compounds, butane/butane lighters

Mississippi

inhaling certain compounds for intoxification

general prohibition of inhalable compounds

Nebraska

nhaling certain compounds for intoxification; retailers must maintain registry of sale

general inhalable compounds

New Hampshire

inhaling certain compounds for intoxification

toxic vapors, not including anesthesia

*

New Jersey

sell or offer to sell to minors

product containing chlorofluorocarbon that is used in refrigerant

Nevada

sale or offer to give to minors

aerosol paint, glue, cement containing toluene

*

North Carolina

inhaling certain compounds for intoxification

general prohibition of inhalable compounds

North Dakota

inhaling certain compounds for intoxification

general prohibition of inhalable compounds

Ohio

inhaling certain compounds for intoxification

general prohibition of inhalable compounds

Oklahoma

inhaling certain compounds for intoxification

general prohibition of inhalable compounds

Oregon

inhaling certain compounds for intoxification

general prohibition of inhalable compounds

Pennsylvania

inhaling certain compounds for intoxification

general prohibition of inhalable compounds; butane/canisters

Rhode Island

inhaling certain compounds for intoxification

general prohibition of inhalable compounds

South Carolina

inhaling certain compounds for intoxification

general prohibition of inhalable compounds

South Dakota

inhaling certain compounds for intoxification

general prohibition of inhalable compounds

Tennessee

inhaling certain compounds for intoxification

general prohibition of inhalable compounds

Texas

possess, sell or buy; businesses required to post warning signage & pay license fees designated for prevention fund

abusable volatile chemicals

*

*

Utah

inhaling certain compounds for intoxification

general prohibition of inhalable compounds

Vermont

inhaling fumes for effect

certain hazardous inhalants, glues

*

Virginia

inhaling certain compounds for intoxification

general prohibition of inhalable compounds


 

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