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What does It Mean to be Charged with Drug Paraphernalia?

This is a word that is used a lot in criminal contexts, and is often lumped together with drug charges. What is paraphernalia? 

Paraphernalia is a term that can apply to any materials that are used to grow marijuana, but can also apply to rolling papers if they were going to be used as papers for joints, baggies that hold marijuana, or a bowl with residue of marijuana.

Rather than a Class I misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, there is a specific charge for possession of marijuana paraphernalia, which is a Class 3 misdemeanor. The Class 1 misdemeanor Possession of Drug Paraphernalia is governed by North Carolina General Statute § 90-113.21, while the Class 3 misdemeanor is governed by North Carolina General Statute §90-113.22A. This differentiation in the statutes governing marijuana drug paraphernalia has also lowered the misdemeanor level for the marijuana paraphernalia. Generally, this charge will result in lower punishments, with fewer potential days in jail, and generally lower fines. 

If you have any questions about drug paraphernalia, or marijuana possession, call the Law Offices of Wiley Nickel, PLLC. You can call the Offices for a FREE consultation, or contact the attorneys directly by email. 

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