When teens are determined to have something that is not good for them or is downright illegal for them to have, they find a way. This is most likely one of the reasons that teens are among the biggest group of Marijuana Wax users.
While Wax, otherwise called Dabs, can be smoked alone, teens are finding other uses for it. Take for instance that they are able to smoke it right out in the open because they are concealing it in electronic cigarettes. They call this Vaping even though actual Vaping is smoking electronic cigarettes, not Marijuana Wax.
Many times they are able to get away with it because the Wax smell is covered up by the scent of flavored e-cig cartridges. Even though parents may think that their teenagers are smoking a cigarette, they are actually getting a strong high from a dab of wax.
Local police in DuPage County have been on the lookout for this particular drug upon routine traffic stops – especially if it appears young drivers have something to conceal. Although many have been arrested, it is suspected that many more young adults are using Dabs without getting caught. The issue is that Wax does not have the same odor as regular marijuana does, it is smaller and that makes it easier to conceal.
If parents are wondering how much trouble their children are likely to be in if they are caught doing Dabs, they should realize that the small size of wax does not lessen the severity of the offense. Dabs possession is a felony. It is on the same schedule of narcotics as methamphetamine.
If your son or daughter is caught in possession of Marijuana Wax, the maximum penalty for a fifth-degree controlled substance possession is five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. If they have not had a prior felony or drug conviction, however, their sentence may begin with probation and a stay of adjudication (a settlement). This means that the conviction will not be on their record. If they have had a prior drug conviction, they could face a mandatory minimum sentence of 180 days in jail.
They should be aware that dogs can sniff this drug. Wheaton North High School has recently had the drug dogs through the school. It was not reported if any Wax was recovered, but teens should realize that they should not take chances. The penalty is too great.
Now that parents know the risk for their children, they should do everything possible to ensure that their children do not get involved with Marijuana Wax/Dabs. If they suspect that their teens are using this drug, now is the time to step in; not when they are caught by the police and have to do time for their crime.