513.08  ILLEGAL DISPENSING OF DRUG SAMPLES.
   (a)   No person shall knowingly furnish a sample drug to another person.
   (b)   Division (a) of this section does not apply to manufacturers, wholesalers, pharmacists, owners of pharmacies, licensed health professionals authorized to prescribe drugs, and other persons whose conduct is in accordance with Ohio R.C. Chapters 3719, 4715, 4723, 4725, 4729, 4730, 4731, and 4741.
   (c)   (1)   Whoever violates this section is guilty of illegal dispensing of drug samples.
      (2)   If the drug involved in the offense is a compound, mixture, preparation, or substance included in Schedule I or II of Ohio R.C. 3719.41 with the exception of marihuana, illegal dispensing of drug samples is a felony to be prosecuted under appropriate State law.
      (3)   If the drug involved in the offense is a dangerous drug or a compound, mixture, preparation, or substance included in Schedule III, IV or V of Ohio R.C. 3719.41, or is marihuana, the penalty for the offense shall be determined as follows:
         A.   Except as otherwise provided in the following division, illegal dispensing of drug samples is a misdemeanor of the second degree.
         B.   If the offense was committed in the vicinity of a school or in the vicinity of a juvenile, illegal dispensing of drug samples is a misdemeanor of the first degree.
   (d)   In addition to any prison term authorized or required by division (c) of this section and Ohio R.C. 2929.13 and 2929.14, and in addition to any other sanction imposed for the offense under this section or Ohio R.C. 2929.11 through 2929.18, the court that sentences an offender who is convicted of or pleads guilty to a violation of division (a) of this section shall do both of the following:
      (1)   The court shall suspend for not less than six months nor more than five years the offender's driver's or commercial driver's license.
      (2)   If the offender is a professionally licensed person, in addition to any other sanction imposed for a violation of this section, the court immediately shall comply with Ohio R.C. 2925.38.
   (e)   Notwithstanding any contrary provision of Ohio R.C. 3719.21, the Clerk of Court shall pay a fine imposed for a violation of this section pursuant to Ohio R.C. 2929.18(A) in accordance with and subject to the requirements of Ohio R.C. 2925.03(F).  The agency that receives the fine shall use the fine as specified in Ohio R.C. 2925.03(F).
(ORC 2925.36)
Statutory reference:
   Felony offenses, see Ohio R.C. 2925.36(C)(2)