Most Maryland residents know that to be charged with a drug crime a person usually must be in possession of an illegal substance. However, they may not know that a person can also face drug charges even though they may not have any illegal drugs on them. But, what they may have on them are items that are associated with the use of illegal drugs. These objects are known as drug "paraphernalia," and having them in one's possession can lead to drug charges.
One of the first categories of items that can be considered drug paraphernalia is pipes. However, this kind of pipe is not those that are used to smoke pipe tobacco. Rather, this kind of pipe can be a long, round type of pipe that is usually made of plastic, glass, wood or ceramic that can be used to smoke marijuana and hashish. Bongs, water pipes and chillums also fall into this category.
There are several additional kinds of items that can be considered drug paraphernalia. These include roach clips, which are objects that are designed to hold any type of burning material, such as a marijuana cigarette, that is too small to hold between a person's fingers. Miniature spoons can also be categorized as drug paraphernalia, especially if they hold less than one tenth of a cubic centimeter of material. Syringes, needles, scales and balances can also be considered drug paraphernalia.
Any Maryland resident who is facing possession of drug paraphernalia charges may want to get more information in order to discover the potential penalties for possession of these kinds of items.
Source: criminal.findlaw.com, "Drug paraphernalia charges", Accessed July 30, 2016