The general answer to this question is no. This inquiry is often made to a Marijuana Defense Lawyer
because it is a recurring situation in todays day and age. California law outlaws the possession of
drug paraphernalia such as meth pipes, opium pipes, etc. However, marijuana is not covered
under the section prohibiting controlled substances, therefore the simple possession of a marijuana
smoking pipe would not be illegal. However, the more common scenario is that the police will
find usable traces of pot or cannabis inside the bowl of the pipe thereby constituting the crime of
possession of less than an ounce of marijuana or cannabis which is covered by Health and Safety
Code 11357(b) or VC23222 if the substance is found in a motor vehicle traveling on a highway.
If the pipe is also being used to smoke meth or some other illegal substance than there could be a
problem. A lawyer should be consulted as to any specifics that a person has about their
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