When it comes to getting access to certain items related to using marijuana the question comes up. Are vaporizers legal? With vaporizers as with a number of other products the answer often comes down to where you live, and how much you are using. In many places in the U.S., the U.K. and other countries the sale of vaporizes aimed at the growing marijuana market are skyrocketing. For customers the question of whether they can use these products out in the open is still a bit harder to discern.
From Homemade to High Tech
The first products capable of vaporizing a liquid form of organic substances such as marijuana were far from handy. The smallest could barely fit the backseat of a compact car. As time has gone on however smaller and easy to carry versions have become possible. The idea of a smokeless method of having this organic either for recreational of medical reasons remained a popular one and lead to new designs, and uses.
Perhaps one of the reasons that the design of these devices has surged ahead is the need for them by those who require cannabis for medical purposes. The use of this liquid and smokeless method is for most of them much easier. Recreational users find this method doesn’t leave their clothes, skin, hair, or even their breath reeking of smoke. Naturally, anyone using this for medical purposes has a pressing need for one, while for those who merely enjoying using these devices view it as a luxury item.
Where Are They Found?
These devices are found in a variety of places, but because of the convoluted state of laws in many western countries, they are often marketed as being for organics. Instead, many show up in tobacco shops and even “aroma therapy” centers in Britain and America. In some areas it’s possible to still find homemade varieties at swap meets and markets. Of course, it’s better to have professional designed and well-made vaporizers are available in shops selling marijuana products such as bongs or gas-pipes, and online.
States Allowing Medical Use
States that allow medical use include
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- Rhode Island
Legality of Cannabis in the U.S.
Only in Colorado is it legal to buy, to sell, to trade and use cannabis for any purpose medical or not. In some states it is a misdemeanor, while it in others it’s a felony. Federally it is a misdemeanor for the first offense while the sale is always a felony. Selling paraphernalia is felony with a penalty starting at 3 years.
In America for example 22 states have legalized the use of medical cannabis, and several states have legalized the use of marijuana. Over 81% of Americans feel that medical uses should be legalized, and 52% believe it should be legalized generally. Still, it use for any purpose is against federal law. This places federal laws and states laws in opposition in the United States, and has lead to complications for those caught in some situations with either federally illegal organics or paraphernalia.
If the laws regarding the use of this recreation drug are difficult to navigate the use of paraphernalia is usually twice as difficult. Anything that can be used as a delivery system or part of one can be classified as paraphernalia. This is includes rolling papers, bongs, gas-pipes, and possible in some circumstances vaporizers. The one thing many hope for in case of encountering a situation in which the use of this organic could lead to arrest is that the object can be deemed as in use for something else. In many cases the deciding factor is whether or not the object in question tests positive for residue of a drug. This why many people take the time to clean residue after use, as without it might not prevent arrest, but it could prevent conviction if the argument is successfully made the object regarded as paraphernalia wasn’t for illegal drug use.
In the U.K.
Elsewhere in the world the situation is much the same as attitudes towards organic products such as cannabis change ahead of laws. Often legality changes frequently in regards to paraphernalia.
The best solutions to be found for those who own or would like to try out a vaporizer is check with local laws, and ask those who use marijuana products their own experiences. In some locations understand what is considered legal or what is overlooked can vary greatly from others. One college for instance might have no real issues with liquid delivery systems, while others could take a sterner approach. Know this this in advance can help in knowing how open one should be about using a vaporizer, or how carefully guarded privacy about any hints of use should remain.