TITLE 21
Food And Drugs

CHAPTER 21-28
Uniform Controlled Substances Act

ARTICLE 21-28-4.01
Offenses and Penalties

SECTION 21-28-4.07


§ 21-28-4.07 Distribution to persons under age 18.

(a) Any person eighteen (18) years of age or over who violates § 21-28-4.01(a) by distributing a controlled substance, excluding marijuana, listed in schedules I and II to a person under eighteen (18) years of age who is at least three (3) years his or her junior shall be imprisoned to a term of not less than fifteen (15) years and may be imprisoned for life, or fined not more than five hundred thousand dollars ($500,000), or both. In all such cases, the justice imposing sentence shall impose a minimum sentence of fifteen (15) years' imprisonment and may only impose a sentence less than that minimum if he or she finds that substantial and compelling circumstances exist which justify imposition of the alternative sentence. The finding may be based upon the character and background of the defendant, the cooperation of the defendant with law enforcement authorities, the nature and circumstances of the offense, and/or the nature and quality of the evidence presented at trial. If a sentence which is less than imprisonment for a term of fifteen (15) years is imposed, the trial justice shall set forth on the record the circumstances, which he or she found as justification for imposition of the lesser sentence.

(b) Any person eighteen (18) years of age or over who violates § 21-28-4.01(a) by distributing a controlled substance listed in schedules III and IV to a person under eighteen (18) years of age who is at least three (3) years his or her junior shall be imprisoned to a term of not less than five (5) years nor more than twenty (20) years, or fined not more than forty thousand dollars ($40,000), or both.

(c) Any person eighteen (18) years of age or over who violates § 21-28-4.01(a) by distributing any controlled substance listed in schedule V or marijuana to a person under eighteen (18) years of age who is at least three (3) years his or her junior shall be imprisoned to a term of not less than two (2) years nor more than five (5) years, or fined not more than ten thousand dollars ($10,000), or both.

(d) Any person eighteen (18) years of age or over who violates § 21-28-4.01(d) by distributing an imitation controlled substance to a person under eighteen (18) years of age who is at least three (3) years his or her junior shall be punished by imposition of a fine authorized by § 21-28-4.01(d), and by a term of imprisonment up to twice that authorized by § 21-28-4.01(d), or both.

History of Section.
(P.L. 1974, ch. 183, § 2; P.L. 1982, ch. 151, § 1; P.L. 1988, ch. 645, § 1; P.L. 1990, ch. 275, § 1.)