TITLE 16

Health and Safety

Food and Drugs

CHAPTER 47. UNIFORM CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES ACT

Subchapter V. Drug Paraphernalia


(a) It is unlawful for any person to use, or possess with intent to use, drug paraphernalia as defined in § 4701(17) of this title.

(b) It is unlawful for any person to deliver, possess with intent to deliver, convert, manufacture, convey, sell or offer for sale drug paraphernalia, as defined in § 4701(17) of this title, knowing or under circumstances where one should reasonably know that it will be used to plant, propagate, cultivate, grow, harvest, manufacture, compound, convert, produce, process, prepare, test, analyze, pack, re-pack, store, contain, conceal, inject, ingest, inhale or otherwise introduce into the human body a controlled substance.

(c) [Repealed.]

62 Del. Laws, c. 250, § 6; 67 Del. Laws, c. 130, § 9; 67 Del. Laws, c. 350, § 24; 73 Del. Laws, c. 359, § 1; 78 Del. Laws, c. 13, §§ 62, 63.;

In determining whether or not an object is drug paraphernalia, a court or other authority shall consider, in addition to all other logically-relevant factors, the following:

(1) Statements by an owner or by anyone in control of the object, concerning its use;

(2) The proximity of the object, in time and space, to a direct violation of this chapter;

(3) The proximity of the object to controlled substances;

(4) The existence of any residue of a controlled substance on the object;

(5) Direct or circumstantial evidence of the intent of an owner, or of anyone in control of the object, to deliver it to persons whom the owner knows, or should reasonably know, intend to use the object to facilitate a violation of this chapter. The innocence of an owner, or of anyone in control of the object, as to a direct violation of this chapter shall not prevent a finding that the object is intended for use, or designed for use, as drug paraphernalia;

(6) Instructions (oral or written) provided with the object, concerning its use;

(7) Descriptive materials accompanying the object which explain or depict its use;

(8) National and local advertising concerning its use;

(9) The manner in which the object is displayed for sale;

(10) Whether or not the owner, or anyone in control of the object, is a legitimate supplier of like or related items to the community, such as a licensed distributor or dealer of tobacco products;

(11) Direct or circumstantial evidence of the ratio of sales of the suspect object to the total sales of the business enterprise;

(12) The existence and scope of legitimate uses for the object in the community; and

(13) Expert testimony concerning its use.

62 Del. Laws, c. 250, § 6; 70 Del. Laws, c. 186, § 1; 73 Del. Laws, c. 359, § 2.;

This subchapter will not apply to:

(1) Any person authorized by local, state or federal law to manufacture, possess or distribute such items; or

(2) Any item that in the normal lawful course of business is imported, exported, transported or sold and traditionally intended for use with tobacco products, including any pipe, paper or accessory.

73 Del. Laws, c. 359, § 3.;

(a) Possession. — Any person who uses or possesses with intent to use drug paraphernalia is guilty of a class B misdemeanor.

(b) Manufacture and sale. — Any person who delivers, possesses with the intent to deliver, conveys, offers for sale, converts, or manufactures with the intent to deliver drug paraphernalia is guilty of a class G felony.

(c) Delivery to a minor. — Any person 18 years of age or older who violates § 4771 of this title by delivering or selling drug paraphernalia to a person under 18 years of age is guilty of a class E felony.

(d) It is unlawful for any person to place in a newspaper, magazine, handbill or other publication any advertisement, knowing or under circumstances where one reasonably should know, that the purpose of the advertisement, in whole or in part, is to promote the sale of objects designed or intended for use as drug paraphernalia. Any person who violates this section is guilty of an unclassified misdemeanor.

62 Del. Laws, c. 250, § 6; 67 Del. Laws, c. 130, § 9; 67 Del. Laws, c. 350, § 27; 73 Del. Laws, c. 359, § 4; 78 Del. Laws, c. 13, § 64.;

Transferred to § 4772 of this title by 73 Del. Laws, c. 359, § 2, effective July 8, 2002.