When I was in middle school, my friends and I had some important debates. Middle school is that age when you’re not quite ready (nor qualified) to talk about girls and cars, so our discussions centered around BMX bikes, video games, and Bruce Lee. We loved Bruce Lee almost as much as we loved Star Wars. The debates were simple, and started something like this: “I wonder if Bruce Lee could kill someone with a piece of paper. I bet he could take you out with a paper clip.” We were in such awe of Lee, that we assumed just about any household item would qualify as a deadly weapon in the hands of this master of martial artist.
By the same reasoning, there are drug addicts out there that could take these same household items and transform them into smoking devices. You haven’t seen creativity until you’ve witnessed an addict scramble to find something to smoke with. The genius buried deep inside of most folks comes out to play as the drug cravings intensify. Some studies have shown that drugs can aid in the creative process. How many Pink Floyd albums would we have without psychedelics? All sorts of books, albums and movies have been conceived and written under the influence of something.
That being said, I’m talking about just the opposite–folks who are creative before they consume drugs. This kind of creativity only comes when there’s a deep perceived problem (not having a smoking device, for example) that has no immediate solution. Either way, it seems as though drugs are fostering creativity both before consumption, and after.
Anyway, when someone creates something to smoke a drug, we call this item “drug paraphernalia.” Anything that is used to smoke or ingest an illegal drug constitutes drug paraphernalia. This is a crime in Florida, and carries a maximum of one year in jail (harsh, I know). Back when crack cocaine was popular, we’d see tons of cases involving coke cans, pinched in the middle with a hole in them–used as a makeshift crack smoking device. Yes, it was a crime to possess that modified soda can. Back then, you had to be careful what you picked up to recycle. Continue Reading