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§ 5-620. Controlled paraphernalia

West's Annotated Code of MarylandCriminal LawEffective: January 1, 2023

West's Annotated Code of Maryland
Criminal Law (Refs & Annos)
Title 5. Controlled Dangerous Substances, Prescriptions, and Other Substances (Refs & Annos)
Subtitle 6. Crimes Involving Controlled Dangerous Substances and Paraphernalia (Refs & Annos)
Part III. Related and Derivative Crimes
Effective: January 1, 2023
MD Code, Criminal Law, § 5-620
Formerly cited as MD CODE Art. 27, § 287
§ 5-620. Controlled paraphernalia
(a) Unless authorized under this title, a person may not:
(1) obtain or attempt to obtain controlled paraphernalia by:
(i) fraud, deceit, misrepresentation, or subterfuge;
(ii) counterfeiting a prescription or a written order;
(iii) concealing a material fact or the use of a false name or address;
(iv) falsely assuming the title of or representing to be a manufacturer, distributor, or authorized provider; or
(v) making or issuing a false or counterfeit prescription or written order; or
(2) possess or distribute controlled paraphernalia under circumstances which reasonably indicate an intention to use the controlled paraphernalia for purposes of illegally administering a controlled dangerous substance.
Evidence of unlawful intent
(b) Evidence of circumstances that reasonably indicate an intent to use controlled paraphernalia to manufacture, administer, distribute, or dispense a controlled dangerous substance unlawfully include the close proximity of the controlled paraphernalia to an adulterant, diluent, or equipment commonly used to illegally manufacture, administer, distribute, or dispense controlled dangerous substances, including:
(1) a scale;
(2) a sieve;
(3) a strainer;
(4) a measuring spoon;
(5) staples;
(6) a stapler;
(7) a glassine envelope;
(8) a gelatin capsule;
(9) procaine hydrochloride;
(10) mannitol;
(11) lactose;
(12) quinine; and
(13) a controlled dangerous substance.
Information not privileged
(c) Information that is communicated to a physician to obtain controlled paraphernalia from the physician in violation of this subtitle is not a privileged communication.
(d) A person who violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and on conviction is subject to imprisonment not exceeding 4 years or a fine not exceeding $25,000 or both.


Added by Acts 2002, c. 26, § 2, eff. Oct. 1, 2002. Amended by Acts 2022, c. 26, § 5, eff. Jan. 1, 2023.
Formerly Art. 27, § 287.
MD Code, Criminal Law, § 5-620, MD CRIM LAW § 5-620
Current through legislation effective through May 9, 2024, from the 2024 Regular Session of the General Assembly. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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