Wyoming Statutes Title 14. Children § 14-3-302. Prohibited sales or delivery

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(a) No individual shall sell, offer for sale, give away or deliver nicotine products to any person under the age of twenty-one (21) years.

(b) Any individual violating W.S. 14-3-309 or subsection (a) of this section is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not more than:

(i) Two hundred fifty dollars ($250.00) for a first violation committed within a twenty-four (24) month period.  The court may allow the defendant to perform community service or attend a tobacco or nicotine cessation program and be granted credit against his fine and court costs at the rate of ten dollars ($10.00) for each hour of work performed or each hour of tobacco or nicotine cessation program attended;

(ii) Five hundred dollars ($500.00) for a second violation committed within a twenty-four (24) month period, regardless of the locations where the violations occurred.  The court may allow the defendant to perform community service or attend a tobacco or nicotine cessation program and be granted credit against his fine and court costs at the rate of ten dollars ($10.00) for each hour of work performed or each hour of tobacco or nicotine cessation program attended;

(iii) Seven hundred fifty dollars ($750.00) for a third or subsequent violation committed within a twenty- four (24) month period, regardless of the locations where the violations occurred.  The court may allow the defendant to perform community service and be granted credit against his fine and court costs at the rate of five dollars ($5.00) for each hour of work performed.

(c) No retailer shall sell, permit the sale, offer for sale, give away or deliver nicotine products to any person under the age of twenty-one (21) years.

(d) Any person violating subsection (c) of this section is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not more than:

(i) Two hundred fifty dollars ($250.00) for a first violation committed within a twenty-four (24) month period;

(ii) Five hundred dollars ($500.00) for a second violation committed within a twenty-four (24) month period;

(iii) Seven hundred fifty dollars ($750.00) for a third or subsequent violation committed within a twenty- four (24) month period.

(e) In addition to the penalties under paragraph (d)(iii) of this section, any person violating subsection (c) of this section for a third or subsequent time within a two (2) year period may be subject to an injunction.  The department of revenue or the district attorney of the county in which the offense occurred, may petition the district court for an injunction to prohibit the sale of nicotine products in the establishment where the violation occurred.  If the court finds that the respondent in the action has violated the provisions of subsection (c) of this section for a third or subsequent time within a two (2) year period and may continue to violate such provisions, it may grant an injunction prohibiting the respondent from selling nicotine products in the establishment where the violation occurred for a period of not more than one hundred eighty (180) days.  For the purposes of this subsection, multiple violations occurring before the petition for the injunction is filed shall be deemed part of the violation for which the injunction is sought.  If the person against whom the injunction is sought operates multiple, geographically separate establishments, the injunction shall apply only to the establishment where the violation occurred.  The injunction shall prohibit all sales of nicotine products in the establishment where the violation occurred, regardless of any change in ownership or management of the establishment that is not a bona fide, arms length transaction while the injunction is in effect.

(f) It is an affirmative defense to a prosecution under subsections (a) and (c) of this section that, in the case of a sale, the person who sold the nicotine product was presented with, and reasonably relied upon, an identification card which identified the person buying or receiving the nicotine product as being over twenty-one (21) years of age.

(g) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (d) of this section, no fine for a violation of subsection (c) of this section shall be imposed for a first offense in a twenty-four (24) month period if the retailer can show it had:

(i) Adopted and enforced a written policy against selling nicotine products to persons under the age of twenty-one (21) years;

(ii) Informed its employees of the applicable laws regarding the sale of nicotine products to persons under the age of twenty-one (21) years;

(iii) Required employees to verify the age of nicotine product customers by way of photographic identification or by means of electronic transaction scan device;  and

(iv) Established and imposed disciplinary sanctions for noncompliance.

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