Not only is it a crime to be in possession of illegal drugs, narcotics and controlled substances in the state of Maryland, but it is also against the law to possess any tools, devices or instruments used to take, ingest, inhale or inject those substances. Being caught with and arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia is a crime that will haunt you for years to come if convicted.
Types Of Drug Paraphernalia
Many instruments, tools, household devices and everyday utensils can be considered drug paraphernalia. Common examples and the drugs they are used for are:
Spoons (heroin/crack cocaine)
Maryland Drug Paraphernalia Laws
If you are caught with drug paraphernalia or being in possession of drug paraphernalia with intent to use is a in the state of Maryland you will be charged with a misdemeanor. If you make, manufacture, sell and deliver narcotics paraphernalia in Maryland you can be convicted of a felony. If you sell or deliver drug paraphernalia to a minor in Maryland you can also be convicted of a felony. Being arrested for being in possession of drug paraphernalia is very serious and retaining an Elkton Maryland Drug Possession Defense Attorney is absolutely in your best interest. They will do their best to obtain you the best possible outcome and protect your rights, future and reputation.
Maryland Controlled Substance Act
In the state of Maryland the Division of Drug Control (DDC) is responsible for protecting the health and safety of Maryland residents. The DDC does this by enforcing the Maryland Controlled Dangerous Substances Act. This ensures that controlled dangerous substances (CDS) are available for only legitimate medical and scientific purposes and prevents drug abuse and diversion. The CDC’s mission is to: Maintain accurate registration of all persons that manufacture, distribute, dispense, administer and prescribe CDS; inspecting of premises where CDS are located; investigating complaints; and providing both general and specific information about CDS storage, handling, and security. DDC also works with the various Maryland licensing boards, U.S. FDA, DEA, and local law enforcement.
Maryland Controlled Substances Statute(s):
Maryland Controlled Dangerous Substances Act, Criminal Law Article, §5-101 et seq., Annotated Code of Maryland Criminal Law Article Title 5 CDSA
Maryland Controlled Substances Rules:
Code of Maryland Regulations Title 10, Subtitle 19, Chapter 03, COMAR 10.19.03.01
Drugs Scheduled by Maryland, but not scheduled by DEA:
Amalgams of butalbital, acetaminophen & caffeine under several brand names (e.g., Fioricet®)
Contact A MD Drug Possession Defense Lawyer
Being arrested for a drug crime such as drug possession or paraphernalia possession in Maryland can bring with it severe legal, administrative and financial consequences if convicted. The ramifications of a drug crime conviction are not easy to escape even years after the conviction. Your employability can be impacted, you may have trouble finding housing and your ability to continue your education may be effected. Let an experienced Waldorf, Maryland Drug Crime Attorney fight for your rights. Call Downs, Beste & Blackson at (410) 398-0313. Or, email the firm here.