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What Are the Penalties for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia?

What Are the Penalties for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia?

While some states, including Colorado and Washington, have decriminalized marijuana possession, pot is still illegal in Ohio. It is even against the law in Ohio to possess paraphernalia for growing or consuming marijuana.

Specifically, the statute makes it illegal to possess “any equipment, product or material” that is used, intended for use or designed for use in connection with illegal drugs in any of the following ways:

  • Propagating
  • Cultivating
  • Growing
  • Harvesting
  • Manufacturing
  • Compounding
  • Converting
  • Producing
  • Processing
  • Preparing
  • Testing
  • Analyzing
  • Packaging
  • Repackaging
  • Storing
  • Containing
  • Concealing
  • Injecting
  • Ingesting
  • Inhaling

Even a weed scale app on your cellphone may be drug paraphernalia in the eyes of the law. A conviction for “illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia” can result in the following penalties:

  • Mandatory driver license suspension — If you are convicted, the judge is required to suspend your license for at least six months.
  • Suspension of federal aid eligibility — Are you a college student receiving federal tuition aid? Any drug crime conviction, even possession of paraphernalia, can affect your eligibility for grants, loans and other federal student aid programs.
  • Criminal record — A paraphernalia conviction puts a drug crime on your record. This can limit your employment opportunities, especially in law, medicine and teaching.

If you are arrested for possession of paraphernalia or any drug crime in Ohio, a competent defense lawyer can fight to protect your future. 


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