With the enactment of sections 18.2-265.1 through -265.4 of the Virginia Code, Virginia has joined a growing number of states attempting to prohibit the sale of drug paraphernalia. Virginia's new drug paraphernalia law is designed to remedy a previously existing anomaly in Virginia: possession and sale of controlled substances were criminal offenses, yet the sale of devices facilitating the use of controlled substances was permissible.

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