Connecticut Statutes § 21a-267 entitled prohibited acts about drug paraphernalia differentiate three separate situations. In these situations, possession of drug paraphernalia is illegal and imposes different penalties for each circumstance. In addition, the three situations are as follows. First, use or possession of drug paraphernalia with intent to use. Secondly, the delivery of drug paraphernalia. Finally, the possession of drug paraphernalia within 1,500 feet of a school zone housing project/daycare facility. Also, Conn. Gen. Stat. § 21a-277(c) defines the crime of “possession of drug paraphernalia in a drug factory situation.” Additional, the sections below explain these crimes, provide the relevant statutory language, and lay out the penalties for violation of each section.
The definition of drug paraphernalia, as prescribed in Conn. Gen. Stat. § 21a-240(20) is very expansive. Also, it is so expansive. And, so many items may be considered drug paraphernalia, that the Connecticut legislature has adopted a second statute laying out the rules for determining what exactly falls into that definition. (see § 21a-270 in the appendix). So, the Connecticut legislature has defined drug paraphernalia as follows:
“Drug paraphernalia” refers to equipment, products and materials of any kind used, intended for use or designed for use in planting, propagating, cultivating, growing, harvesting, manufacturing, compounding, converting, producing, processing, preparing, testing, analyzing, packaging, repackaging, storing, containing or concealing, or ingesting, inhaling, or otherwise introducing into the human body, any controlled substance contrary to the provisions of this chapter including, but not limited to the following.
Kits intended for use or designed for use in planting, propagating, cultivating, growing, or harvesting of any species of plant which is a controlled substance or from which a controlled substance can be derived.
Also, this refers to kits used, intended for use or designed for use in manufacturing, compounding, converting, producing, processing, or preparing controlled substances.
Additionally, it refers to isomerization devices used, intended for use in increasing the potency of any species of plant which is a controlled substance.
Also, it refers to testing equipment used, intended for use or designed for use in identifying or analyzing the strength, effectiveness, or purity of controlled substances.
In addition, it refers to dilutents and adulterants, such as quinine hydrochloride, mannitol, mannite, dextrose, and lactose used, intended for use or designed for use in cutting controlled substances.
Also, it refers to separation gins and sifters used, intended for use, or designed for use in removing twigs and seeds from, or in otherwise cleaning or refining, marijuana.
Additionally, it refers to capsules and other containers used, intended for use or designed for use in packaging small quantities of controlled substances.
Also, it refers to containers and other objects used, intended for use or designed for use in storing or concealing controlled substances.
Finally, it refers to objects used, intended for use, or designed for use in ingesting, inhaling, or otherwise introducing marijuana, cocaine, hashish, or hashish oil into the human body, such as: Metal, wooden, acrylic, glass, stone, plastic, or ceramic pipes with screens, permanent screens, hashish heads or punctured metal bowls; water pipes; carburetion tubes and devices; smoking and carburetion masks; roach clips. Also, this means objects used to hold burning material, such as a marijuana cigarette, that has become too small or too short to be held in the hand; miniature cocaine spoons, and cocaine vials; chamber pipes; carburetor pipes; electric pipes; air-driven pipes; chillums; bongs, or ice pipes or chillers.
Conn. Gen. Stat. §21a-240(20)