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How Florida defines drug paraphernalia

On Behalf of | Dec 31, 2021 | Drug Crimes |

Residents of Fort Myers and other areas of Florida may want to learn more about how the state defines drug paraphernalia. Not just bongs or needles, there are many other materials related to controlled substances.

According to OnlineSunshine, paraphernalia means equipment and materials used for planting, propagating, cultivating, growing, harvesting, manufacturing, compounding, converting, producing, processing, preparing, testing and more. Regarding controlled substances, paraphernalia has a consideration in a violation.

A kit may be against the law

You may run into problems with drug charges even if you have a kit. The kit may have a design for planting, propagating, cultivating, growing or harvesting a plant that is a controlled substance. A kit may also have use in manufacturing, compounding, converting, producing, processing or preparing that substance.

Testing equipment is also on the list

Scales and balances as well as equipment in use to identify strength and purity are also illegal. Analysis of effectiveness may lead to problems.

Do you have separation equipment?

Sifters used for removing twigs and seeds receive consideration as paraphernalia. This is in regard to cannabis. So do blenders, bowls and spoons used in compounding a controlled substance.

Packaging as drug paraphernalia

Paraphernalia may include capsules, balloons, envelopes and other containers. Their use may be the intention of packaging drugs in small quantities.

Objects for getting the drugs into the body

Along with needles, also receiving consideration as paraphernalia are the following:

  • Metal, wooden, acrylic, glass, stone, plastic or ceramic pipes
  • Permanent screens
  • Hashish heads
  • Punctured metal bowls
  • Water pipes
  • Roach clips
  • Miniature cocaine spoons
  • Cocaine vials
  • Chamber pipes

And bongs and much more. Did you know that a 2-liter-type soda bottle and duct tape are paraphernalia under the law, when it comes to controlled substances?

Florida has a wide definition of drug paraphernalia when it comes to controlled substances. The use as well as manufacture and growth might involve everyday materials that you have at home. The legislature and 2021 statutes have given this crime a long list of evidence.


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