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Possession of Drug Paraphernalia in Colorado

Not only is it a criminal offense to possess illegal drugs in Colorado, but you could also be charged for possession of illegal drug paraphernalia. As long as the item is used to help a person consume, store, test, package, or process drugs, then it is considered drug paraphernalia. 

The following are the common types of drug paraphernalia: 

  • Meth pipes 

  • Syringes or hypodermic needles 

  • Drug containers or small plastic baggies 

  • Scales 

  • Purity analyzers 

  • Crack cocaine spoons or cocaine vials 

Since marijuana is legal in Colorado, the drug paraphernalia law specifically excludes cannabis accessories, such as pipes, bongs, papers or blunt wraps, and any other product used to cultivate, grow, harvest, process, test, package, store, or vaporize marijuana. 

When it comes to syringes and hypodermic needles, if you disclose that you are in possession of such an item before being searched by law enforcement or treated by an emergency medical technician (EMT), then you cannot be charged with possession of drug paraphernalia or for drug possession for any residual substance on the syringe or needle. 

Another exception is reporting in good faith about an emergency alcohol or drug overdose to the police or medical provider. However, you must stay at the scene and cooperate with any officer or medical responder when they arrive. 

Possession of drug paraphernalia is a class 2 petty offense, which carries a maximum fine of $100. 

If you have been charged with a drug crime in Denver, contact the Law Offices of David L. Owen, Jr. P.C. today at (303) 622-3281 to let an experienced criminal defense lawyer protect your rights and freedom.