One of the oft-forgotten caveats of the so-called “War on Drugs” is that drug paraphernalia laws can be used to convict someone who wasn’t found selling or even in possession of drugs. Owning or selling bongs, for instance, can be sufficient to bring charges against someone, although paraphernalia charges typically accompany other, more serious ones. While simple possession of drug paraphernalia is not a federal crime, unlike selling it, some states have chosen to forbid such items.
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