Illegalising nitrous possession

Going to be difficult:

Selling it for its psychoactive effects was made illegal with the Psychoactive Substances Act in 2016, but it is not currently a crime to be caught in possession of the drug.
while the canisters can also be legitimately bought for whipped cream dispensing.

Legal to possess, but illegal to possess for a certain use?


Couple of years back every bar here sold “balloons” filled from industrial/medical containers behind the bar. That’s now stopped, whether police action or the manufacturers I’m not sure. I do know that in the UK the manufacturers won’t sell the big jobbies without evidence that you are a dentist etc. For I looked into it, would it be possible to have a “hot dog stand” kinda retail operation in a bar area?

You know, just for research purposes.

15 thoughts on “Illegalising nitrous possession”

  1. Parallels with knife law. You can buy a knife and take it straight home (keep the receipt on you!), but you can’t take it out of the house without a good reason.

  2. In New Zealand apparently you can obtain a knife in a shop and use it for a bit of stabbing without even paying for it. Except with your own life of course.

  3. The “Hot Dog Stand” approach wouldn’t work if the seller ( and modern UK plod being modern UK plod, everyone else for loitering with or without intent and using Incorrect Pronouns ) would get nabbed because “selling for use [X]” clause in the law ?

    I have seen some modded inhalators around that can take the whipped cream cartridges. ymmv on those..

  4. @KevinS: the speed of the police response makes me think this is a case similar to the one over here, and undercover cops were following this latest Muslim terrorist…

  5. They have the resources, Julia? I thought those were fully committed to suppressing Extreme Right Wing Terrorism (capitalised advisedly). Must have been some misdeployment. An investigation should be launched.

  6. I think it was Newman and Baddiel who once had a running gag in one of their shows where they became addicted to the gas in those klaxon things and it kept honking off stage.

  7. @JuliaM

    Apparently the police were indeed following him.

    There aren’t laws in NZ which enable a dangerous loon to be held captive.

    Only laws that allow healthy, law abiding people to be forbidden from leaving their house because of a virus.

  8. @JuliaM

    They were following him, yes (or so I read). They’d been watching him for five years. The west (inc the Oceanic end of it) has gone stark staring mad.

  9. Bloke in North Dorset

    Nitrous oxide is popular among young people as it induces fits of the giggles but taking it can also lead to nerve and brain damage

    Kenny Everett used to inhale it as part of his TV show. We used to think it was because he was mad, not that the gas was making him mad.

  10. @BiND,
    Not being a chemist, they may be the same thing, but dodn’t Kenny Everett inhale helium to get the high voices (plus eat bird seed for the Bee Gees gag)?

  11. Bloke in North Korea (Germany province)

    This isn’t the only such law is it? Possession of a kiddies underwear catalogue with intent to use it for an purpose not intended by the publisher is also technically illegal, isn’t it? Hardware store wants my ID to sell me hydrogen peroxide for aquatic use. Lots and lots of laws like that.

  12. Interested: ’ They’d been watching him for five years. ’

    I’d ask why, since he was a Sri Lankan nationak, they didn’t just revoke his visa and deport him. But then I remembered which horse-faced cretin was in charge over there…

  13. Nitrous doesn’t cause harm. Displacing oxygen in your lungs does. People clamping on a mask and suffocating drove the bans, but balloons – well, if you get groggy, you let go, and . . . whoosh!

    (Used to buy tanks of N2O for our fun cars. Had to find some use for the leftover after the meets. We were younger then . . .)

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