Possession of drug paraphernalia in Mississippi is against the law. Mississippi law states that it is unlawful for a person not authorized by the state medical board to use or possess any type of controlled substance paraphernalia. The type of “use” is most commonly going to be to inhale or otherwise ingest the drug into your body, but other unlawful uses include to plant, manufacture, produce, process, store, contain or conceal.
Drug paraphernalia possession in Mississippi is a misdemeanor with a punishment of up to six months in jail and a fine of $500. That’s an even greater penalty than marijuana possession. Marijuana possession of 30 grams or less by a first-time offender is a fine up to $250. And the law states that if you possess paraphernalia along with one ounce of less of marijuana, that you cannot be charged with the paraphernalia possession. So you would only get that charge if you possess paraphernalia without any actual drugs. In a way then, it’s better if you’re going to carry paraphernalia and get caught, that you also have some drugs on your person.
For a first-time offender, a Mississippi paraphernalia charge can be taken care of where it doesn’t show up on his or her record, but remember that six-month punishment. It could mean probation for that six-month period, along with paying court costs and perhaps taking a random drug test along the way.
Patrick Stegall is a Southaven MS drug paraphernalia lawyer. He handles drug cases of all types and specializes in representing first-time offenders in Southaven, Horn Lake, and Olive Branch. For help with your case call him at (901) 205-9894 or send him an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.