Baltimore School Officials On The Lookout For Pot Bracelets

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BALTIMORE (WJZ)– A piece of jewelry is causing controversy in schools.

As Mike Schuh reports, a dual-purpose ankle or arm bracelet could lead to suspension or arrest.

Fashionable, slightly retro, kinda hippie. Know what it is?

“It’s very simple,” said Mike Gimbel, a drug educator at St. Joseph Medical Center. “It unscrews, you’ve got a nice screen already in it, pull off the plug and you have a powerful pipe.”

Sold online for tobacco use only, Gimbel said marijuana is what’s really being burned. For about $40, they’re delivered right to your door.

“I bought this, it was delivered to my home in two days,” he said.

In Florida, the bracelets are so widespread students are being told they’ll be suspended if they wear one to school.

“And you can wear it at school, at home, and teachers and parents don’t know because they’re wearing this stuff anyway,” Gimbel said.

Wearing the bracelets violates policies in most Maryland school districts, and they can get you arrested.

“If they use it and there is residue in the pipe,  it’s a working pipe, paraphernalia, and it’s illegal,” Gimbel said.

Pot smokers are used to hiding their pipes. But now, some are hiding them in plain view.

A local high school principal tells WJZ that no bracelets have been seen at his school, but if a student is found with one, and there is marijuana residue inside, the student would be suspended and the case will be sent to the school board.

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