Dextromethorphan Distribution Act; penalty for distributing or selling Dextromethorphan to a minor. (HB505)

Introduced By

Del. Keith Hodges (R-Urbanna)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Dextromethorphan Distribution Act; penalty. Provides that no pharmacy or retail distributor may knowingly or intentionally sell or distribute a product containing dextromethorphan (a cough suppressant found in many over-the-counter medications) to a minor and that no minor may knowingly and intentionally purchase such product. A violation is punishable by a $50 civil penalty. The bill also provides that a person who distributes or possesses with the intent to distribute unfinished dextromethorphan is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/06/2014Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14101202D
01/06/2014Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/10/2014Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
01/13/2014Impact statement from DPB (HB505)
01/15/2014Subcommittee failed to recommend reporting (5-Y 6-N)
01/20/2014Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (7-Y 4-N)
01/27/2014Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (17-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
01/27/2014Committee substitute printed 14104194D-H1
01/29/2014Read first time
01/30/2014Read second time
01/30/2014Committee substitute agreed to 14104194D-H1
01/30/2014Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB505H1
01/31/2014Read third time and passed House (74-Y 20-N)
01/31/2014Impact statement from DPB (HB505H1)
01/31/2014VOTE: PASSAGE (74-Y 20-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2014Constitutional reading dispensed
02/03/2014Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/10/2014Reported from Courts of Justice with amendment (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2014Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/12/2014Read third time
02/12/2014Reading of amendment waived
02/12/2014Committee amendment agreed to
02/12/2014Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/12/2014Passed Senate with amendment (39-Y 0-N)
02/13/2014Placed on Calendar
02/14/2014Senate amendment agreed to by House (81-Y 13-N)
02/14/2014VOTE: ADOPTION (81-Y 13-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2014Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB505ER)
02/18/2014Signed by Speaker
02/19/2014Impact statement from DPB (HB505ER)
02/20/2014Signed by President
03/03/2014G Approved by Governor-Chapter 101 (effective 1/1/15)
03/03/2014G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0101)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 50 seconds.