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6 This act modifies the Criminal Code to establish the offense and penalty regarding abuse of
7 nitrous oxide. The act also increases the penalty for abuse of psychotoxic chemical solvents,
8 and includes the offense of providing these solvents for illegal purposes.
9 This act affects sections of Utah Code Annotated 1953 as follows:
11 76-10-107, as last amended by Chapter 30, Laws of Utah 1992
13 76-10-107.5, Utah Code Annotated 1953
14 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
15 Section 1. Section 76-10-107 is amended to read:
16 76-10-107. Abuse of psychotoxic chemical solvents.
17 (1) A person is guilty of abuse of psychotoxic chemical solvents if:
18 (a) for the purpose of causing a condition of intoxication, inebriation, excitement,
19 stupefaction, or the dulling of his brain or nervous system, he intentionally:
20 (i) smells or inhales the fumes of any psychotoxic chemical solvent; or
21 (ii) possesses, purchases, or attempts to possess or purchase any psychotoxic chemical
23 (b) [
24 a psychotoxic chemical solvent to another person, knowing S [
25 party intends to possess or use [
27 (2) This section [
28 substances for medical or dental purposes.
29 (3) Abuse of psychotoxic chemical solvents is a class h [
30 (4) As used in this section, psychotoxic chemical solvent includes any glue, cement, or
31 other substance containing one or more of the following chemical compounds: acetone and acetate,
32 amyl nitrite or amyl nitrate or their isomers, benzene, butyl alcohol, butyl nitrite, butyl nitrate, or
33 their isomers, ethyl alcohol, ethyl nitrite or ethyl nitrate, ethylene dichloride, isobutyl alcohol,
34 methyl alcohol, methyl ethyl ketone, n-propyl alcohol, pentachlorophenol, petroleum ether, propyl
35 nitrite or propyl nitrate or their isomers, toluene or xylene, or other chemical substance capable of
36 causing a condition of intoxication, inebriation, excitement, stupefaction, or the dulling of the brain
37 or nervous system as a result of the inhalation of the fumes or vapors of such chemical substance.
38 Nothing in this section shall be construed to include any controlled substance regulated by the
39 provisions of Title 58, Chapter 37, Utah Controlled Substances Act.
40 Section 2. Section 76-10-107.5 is enacted to read:
41 76-10-107.5. Abuse of nitrous oxide -- Penalty.
42 (1) As used in this section, "nitrous oxide" means:
43 (a) N2O, a colorless gas or liquid that is also referred to as dinitrogen monoxide, nitrogen
44 oxide, or laughing gas; and
45 (b) any substance containing nitrous oxide.
46 (2) A person is guilty of abuse of nitrous oxide who:
47 (a) possesses nitrous oxide with the intent to breathe, inhale, or ingest it for the purpose
49 (i) causing a condition of intoxication, elation, euphoria, dizziness, stupefaction, or dulling
50 of the senses;
51 (ii) in any manner changing, distorting, or disturbing the audio, visual, or mental
53 (b) knowingly and intentionally is under the influence of nitrous oxide; or
54 (c) offers, sells, or provides nitrous oxide to another person, knowing S [
55 other person or a third party intends to possess or use the nitrous oxide in violation of Subsection
56 (2)(a) or (b).
57 (3) Subsection (2)(b) does not apply to any person who is under the influence of nitrous
58 oxide pursuant to an administration for the purpose of medical, surgical, or dental care by a person
59 holding a license under state law that authorizes the administration of nitrous oxide.
59a h (4) SUBSECTION (2)(c) DOES NOT APPLY TO ANY PERSON WHO ADMINISTERS NITROUS
59b OXIDE FOR THE PURPOSE OF MEDICAL, SURGICAL, OR DENTAL CARE AND WHO HOLDS A
59c LICENSE UNDER STATE LAW THAT AUTHORIZES THE ADMINISTRATION OF NITROUS OXIDE.
Legislative Review Note
as of 11-8-01 9:40 AM
A limited legal review of this legislation raises no obvious constitutional or statutory concerns.