Dabbing isn't just a viral dance move and photo pose. It's also slang for the process of vaporizing marijuana extracts in a special kind of pipe or bong. Typically, a "nail" or "bowl" made of metal or glass gets heated by a butane torch. Users then dab the extract on the hot surface while inhaling, effectively vaporizing the highly concentrated active compounds from marijuana.
These extracts are called butane hash oil (BHO), as well as dabs, wax, glass or shatter. Regular users cite both the lack of the tell-tale smell associated with the plant, as well as the higher potential dose of active ingredients as the main appeal of this process. With decreasing social stigma associated with marijuana use, more and more young people are trying this process out.
Although many look to a future where marijuana is a legal commodity, that day is not yet here. Using marijuana extracts in Indiana can still completely ruin your college student's future.
Marijuana concentrates have harsher penalties
Most college-aged people in Indiana know that possession of any amount of marijuana is a misdemeanor offense the first time they get caught. While it could result in up to six months in jail, as well as a fine of $1,000, many people are still willing to take that risk. Unfortunately, they often don't understand that there are separate criminal penalties for marijuana concentrates. Both traditional pressed hash/hashish and chemically processed concentrates like BHO carry harsher penalties.
Getting caught with any amount of a marijuana extract can result in up to a year in prison and a $5,000 fine. For lower amounts of extract, the charge is a misdemeanor. If your student gets caught with 2 grams or more, however, the charge gets upgraded to a felony. That felony charge carries between six months and 2.5 years in jail, as well as a fine of up to $10,000. Those with previous drug charges could also see their charges upgraded or penalties increased.
Typically, those charged with extract possession also get caught in possession of paraphernalia as well, as these extracts require special pipes and torches for consumption. A first offense is a Class A infraction that carries a fine of up to $10,000. Any subsequent charges will become felony charges that carry between six and thirty months in jail, as well as a $10,000 fine.
Social consequences can be devastating to young people
In addition to the potential jail time and fines, your student could get saddled with a drug-related criminal record. That could make finding or keeping a good job or a safe rental home very difficult. Even worse, it could result in the termination of any federal student aid, which could end your child's college career.