Drug Paraphernalia

Definition - What does Drug Paraphernalia mean?

Drug paraphernalia is a term often used by law enforcement that is applied to accessories and tools used to ingest various types of drugs. When it comes to marijuana, this can refer to bongs, water pipes, one-hitters, rolling papers, and a great deal more.

The term “drug paraphernalia”, is generally used in a derogatory sense. In fact, there are many laws that pertain specifically to the presence of “drug paraphernalia” found during searches of vehicles or homes. In reality, this term covers a wide range of accessories used by those enjoying a particular drug.

Hydrolife explains Drug Paraphernalia

For those who enjoy marijuana, drug paraphernalia can include a very wide range of potential accessories, including the following:

  • Rolling papers
  • One-hitter pipes
  • Bongs
  • Baggies
  • Water pipes
  • Tweezers/clips
  • Scales
  • Chillums

Note that drug paraphernalia related to marijuana use, while illegal, differs widely from the paraphernalia used for other drugs. For instance, cocaine users would have little use for rolling papers or clips, and would instead use razor blades, mirrors, rolled up money and the like. Intravenous drug users would have syringes and needles, spoons for “cooking”, and straps to use as impromptu tourniquets.

As mentioned, most types of drug paraphernalia are illegal throughout the United States. However, many types of accessories can be purchased for other uses. For instance, small scales can be purchased for weighing food in a home kitchen, while certain types of pipes can be purchased for use with tobacco, rather than with marijuana. You’ll find many of these semi-legal accessories for sale in head shops and the like across the country.

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