2006 Ohio Revised Code - 2925.31. Abusing harmful intoxicants.

§ 2925.31. Abusing harmful intoxicants.

(A)  Except for lawful research, clinical, medical, dental, or veterinary purposes, no person, with purpose to induce intoxication or similar physiological effects, shall obtain, possess, or use a harmful intoxicant. 

(B)  Whoever violates this section is guilty of abusing harmful intoxicants, a misdemeanor of the first degree. If the offender previously has been convicted of a drug abuse offense, abusing harmful intoxicants is a felony of the fifth degree. 

(C)  In addition to any other sanction imposed upon an offender for a violation of this section, the court shall suspend for not less than six months or more than five years the offender's driver's or commercial driver's license or permit. If the offender is a professionally licensed person, in addition to any other sanction imposed for a violation of this section, the court IMMEDIATELY shall comply with section 2925.38 of the Revised Code. 

HISTORY: 136 v H 300 (Eff 7-1-76); 143 v S 258 (Eff 11-20-90); 145 v H 377 (Eff 9-30-93); 146 v S 2 (Eff 7-1-96); 146 v H 162. Eff 1-1-97; 149 v S 123, § 1, eff. 1-1-04.

The effective date is set by section 4 of S.B. 123. 

See provisions of § 5 of S.B. 123 (149 v  - ) following RC § 2925.01. 


Effect of Amendments

S.B. 123, Acts 2002, effective January 1, 2004, in (C), inserted "upon an offender" and "offender's", deleted "of any person who is convicted of or has pleaded guilty to a violation of this section" following "license or permit" and "or a person who has been admitted to the bar by order of the supreme court in compliance with its prescribed and published rules" following "licensed person", and substituted "immediately" for "forthwith". 

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