The City of Charleston is looking to update its crime code with an ordinance that sets penalites for “huffing,” or improperly inhaling industrial chemical products.
City police can use state law, but the proposal makes the violation a city crime as well.
A week ago, a James Island man was arrested for inhaling the contents of an air-dust canister for a cheap high. Gases from such canisters can cause death when inhaled.
The newly drafted Charleston ordinance, which goes to City Council on Tuesday, simply adds the state law language under the city crime mantle If passed by council, the crime would become a city misdemeanor with a fine of up to $100 and no more than 30 days in jail.
The violation covers unlawful use of aromatic hydrocarbons.
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