It is an offence to sell or supply a volatile solvent to another person where a person suspects or has reasonable grounds to suspect that the other person intends to inhale the solvent, or sell or supply the solvent to a further person for inhalation by that further person. The maximum penalty is a fine of $10 000 or imprisonment for two years [see Controlled Substances Act 1984 (SA) s 19(1)].
Furthermore, it is an offence to purchase a volatile solvent on behalf of another person for that other person to inhale the solvent. The penalty is a fine of $10 000 or imprisonment for two years [see s 19(2)].
It is an offence to sell petrol, diesel fuel, propane, propylene, butane or butylene to a person under 16 years of age. The maximum penalty is a fine of $10 000 [see Controlled Substances Act 1984 (SA) s 19(3); Controlled Substances (Poisons) Regulations 2011 (SA) r 23(1)].
Sections 19(2) and 19(3) came into effect on 1 July 2008, and apply to any offences which occurred on or after that date [see Statutes Amendment (Petroleum Products) Act 2007 (SA)].