Everyday house hold items your teen might be using to get high

Wondering how your teen gets high yet you never give him cash to buy drugs? He/she might be using items at home.

Below are everyday household items your son or daughter might be abusing.

Some teens inhale household products like 


Glue is present in most homes, it can be furniture glue or the one used on shoes by cobblers.

Glue can be consumed through different methods among them

Sniffing of vapors directly from an open container or a surface soaked with the substance.

Oral inhalation from a rag or cloth soaked in a volatile substance that is held over the mouth or nose; or 

 Bagging involves breathing in and out of a paper or plastic bag filled with a small amount of a volatile substance.

Aerosol sprays

Sniffing aerosol spray cans “can directly induce heart failure and death.

People who use nitrous to get high usually transfer the gas into another container, like a balloon. 

Then they inhale the gas from the balloon. Examples of this include toilet fresheners’ furniture cleaning spray, etc.

Cleaning fluids

These fluids are mostly abused due to their easy availability and the fact that they do not arouse suspicion.

The most commonly abused cleaning agents include dry cleaning fluid, spot removers, and degreasers. These fluids typically vaporize at room temperature and are easy to ingest via the mouth or nasal pathways. 


Nutmeg is used as a spice in many Kenyan households.

What most parents do not know is that it contains a chemical that may give you a feel-good high if you get enough of it.

Nutmeg poisoning can give you heart palpitations and make you feel dizzy, nauseous, tired, or anxious. Some people have died from eating too

gas from whipped cream cans


This is used to reduce breakouts, razor burn, or razor bumps when shaving.

Some teens drink this to get high, this can lead to alcohol poisoning, seizures, coma, or even death.

A young man abusing drugs. Photo Courtesy: Photos For Class

Hand sanitizer

Drinking this can lead to alcohol poisoning, seizures, coma, or death.

Bath salts

This is a crystalline substance that is dissolved in bathwater to soften or perfume it.

It is mostly used in bathtubs.

It can be swallowed, snorted, or injected. 

Once used the bath salt can cause a feeling of joy or boost sex drive. 

But it could also make you feel drunk, get violent, or lose touch with reality. 

The salt bath is addictive and can cause symptoms such as chest pain, panic attacks, hallucinations, and in some instances death.


In May 2022, an Australian girl was found dead by her mum on mothers day.

Ryan believes her daughter died of sudden sniffing death syndrome and suffered a heart attack.

The girl’s mother said she was inhaling the deodorant with her boyfriend when she went into cardiac arrest, leaving her with brain damage.

Alcohol tampons

Teens soak tampons in vodka, then put them in their vaginas or rectums. 

There’s no proof that this works. What’s more, the vodka may burn sensitive vaginal or rectal tissue. In rare cases, it has caused colitis.

It can be hard for such teens to get treatment when they get alcohol poisoning because the teenager’s breath has no alcohol smell.

The symptoms to look out for include

  • Frequent headaches
  • Excessive use of deodorant or other aerosol sprays
  • Stains and chemical odors on towels and clothes
  • Disorientation or slurred speech
  • Nausea or loss of appetite

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Celebrities that battled addiction and made it

Addiction is one thing that most people have found it hard to say goodbye to. These are some of the celebrities that have struggled with addiction and managed to get over it;


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Angelina Jolie

Angelina suffered from depression which pushed her to drugs hoping to feel better.‘ I did almost every type of drug in existence.’ She said this referring to it as the dark moments in her life. She however managed to fight this by surrounding herself with people that could add value to her life. She changed her way of living and adopted children after she became an actress.

Robert Downey Jr.

He went through a lot as he fought his life through drugs. The actor was sent to prison and forced treatment for quit sometime. He also spent a whole in hospital and he finally made a decision to stop using drugs and since then his life changed.

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She got to do drugs because she was confident enough during her performances on stage. This grew into a habit up to a point that she forgot lines of her own songs on stage. She also noticed that her voice was becoming a mess as days went by. She later on had a surgery that made her to stop doing drugs completely.

Drew Barrymore

Drew became a drug addict at quite a younger age. She was taken to a rehab clinic for 8 months due to the overdose drugs consumption. After she left the clinic her life changed and she became a model and a part-time waitress. She hereafter became a mother and a studio owner.

Kristin Davis

The actress started to take drugs as a solution of gaining courage in her performance. She was helped by a close friend that engaged her in yoga classes and many other more encouraging sessions which helped her leave alcohol.

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Steven Tyler

The musician’s life revolved around drugs and sex life. His life changed after he met his second wife who made him see the better part of living a healthy life.

Britney Spears

She began her drug life after she became famous and rich. She was even denied her parental custody of her sons because of the drug abuse. This made her change her way of living and did away with drugs.

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Elton John

Elton saw drugs to be a way of doing away with his shyness.In the year 1975 he almost lost his life because of an overdose. This made him to go to a rehab clinic and changed his lifestyle completely.

Samuel L. Jackson

He became a drug addict in his youth life. He was taken to a rehabilitation center where his life changed after his wife and daughter visited him at one point and he confessed to them that he was a drug addict. Since then his addiction to drugs came to an end.

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REVEALED: Creative ways students use to smuggle drugs into schools

Teachers have recovered mobile phones from shoe soles and sanitary pads.

Other students are sewing tablets, cigarettes and rolls of bhang in the hems of their clothes.

These are some of the creative ways students are using to sneak contraband into schools. Some of the outlawed goods are sneaked hidden in detergents.

Sneaking of mobile phones is the latest trend despite teachers linking the gadgets to rising crime and insecurity in schools.

Despite intense searches on reporting days, many students still manage to smuggle stuff into their dormitories.

In some schools, students have complained that they are forced to strip naked as teachers seek to ensure outlawed items are not smuggled. The students say they are searched in “all manner of places”.

But the searches seem not to have deterred many. Instead, students have devised sophisticated ways of smuggling what they want.

Nakuru county director of education William Sugut said they have devised ingenious ways to sneak contrabands including accessing and abusing drugs.

He said the menace has reached epidemic proportions.

He said fruit juices, cigarettes and wines and spirits are among stuff being smuggled by the students.

Sugut said drug and substance abuse could be behind the rising cases of indiscipline, including arson attacks in schools.

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Two Nigerians Arrested After Heroin Worth Sh4.5 Million Was Seized At An Apartement In Nyali

A substance believed to be heroin worth Sh4.5 million was seized in Nyali on Thursday and two Nigerian suspects arrested.

Police said James Chukwu and Gold Patience are wanted drug lords who had sneaked into the country. They will be deported once investigations are completed.

The substance weighing 1.5 kgs has been taken to the government chemist for further analysis.

Police said it was smuggled from Tanzania.

The two suspects traveled from Nairobi to pick the drugs en route to Brussel.


In February, two suspected drug dealers were charged in Mombasa with trafficking 15 kgs of heroin worth Sh47 million.

Swaleh Yusuf and his wife Asma Abdalla were among nine suspects arrested by anti-narcotics detectives in an operation during which Sh18.5 million cash was also seized.

Police had estimated that the heroin was worth Sh170 million.

Others who were apprehended in the operation in Bamburi and Mtwapa were identified as Rashid Athman, Athman Salim and Farida Omar.



























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Ghai! Maina Kageni Reveals The One Thing That Almost Pushed Him To DRUG PEDDLING Back In The Day (AUDIO)

Top radio personality Maina Kageni is never shy to speak his mind on social or relationship issues and this is evidently heard on his popular breakfast show with Mwalimu King’ang’i.

Recently, the wealthy radio presenter shocked Kenyans when he decided to address the issue of whether he still lives with his mother.

Maina Kageni did not hesitate to make it very clear that he was not staying with the mother, with this firm statement; “I don’t live with my mother, for your information.”

“I Don’t LIVE With My MOTHER” Maina Kageni Makes It Clear Once And For All (AUDIO)

Away from that, Maina Kageni revealed something that a lot us didn’t know about his past, during the conversation where he was talking about the age that children should move out or whether they should first be financially stable.

At some point, Maina Kageni lived with his family in the US, way before he became a popular media personality, but unlike the popular belief that he has had life easy, there was a time he was actually kicked out and money was not a luxury.


According to the outspoken radio host, there was a point he was kicked to the curb and he dodn’t have a way to get money or a job, and at that point, he had to fend for himself so that he could make it another day.

Maina Kageni opened up to Mwalimu King’ang’i, revealing that if it wasn’t for his self-control and discipline, he would have ended up selling drugs in the streets to get some money, owing to the fact that it’s a trend back in the States.

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The thing that saved him from delving in drugs or crime, was the fact that his mother would still send him some cash once for a few months until he got back on his feet.

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‘I Don’t Abuse Drugs And I Will Never Abuse Drugs’ – Tanzanian Gospel Singer Rose Muhando Shuts Down Rumours

Award winning Tanzanian female artiste Rose Muhando is among the most recognized artistes in Tanzania and beyond. Her songs are treasured and she has garnered a number of awards in the industry.

But last year was probably not her year after rumours started swirling that she was addicted to drugs. She vehemently refuted the allegations in different platforms.

It seems people are just not letting this issue go as the rumours have yet again risen from the dead as she is still being accused of drug abuse.

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Rose Muhando is definitely not going to let her name be tarnished yet again as she has come out once more to shut them down.


She went ahead and cleared the air with a Tanzanian publication, Mwanaspoti Magazine.

She said, “I don’t abuse drugs and I will never abuse drugs. If that is the scandal my enemies thought would bring me down musically, then their efforts are futile. The propagators of those rumors asked me to work with them but I refused’’

She continued, “I am not indulging in drugs in any way, and the more they talk ,the more it affects my family psychologically and emotionally.I am a mother to three children ,I have relatives. The rumor-mongers know very well I don’t have anyone who would come to my defense.’’

‘El Chapo’ in his own words

He is unrepentant about his prolific drug trafficking business. He loves his mother. And he hopes to die a natural death.

Mexican kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman opened up about his criminal life like never before in his unprecedented interview with US actor Sean Penn for Rolling Stone magazine in October, three months before his capture.

Here are excerpts of the 58-year-old former fugitive’s interview, which the US rock magazine posted online late Saturday:

Entered drug business at age 15

“I was raised in a ranch named La Tuna (Sinaloa state), in that area, and up until today, there are no job opportunities. The only way to have money to buy food, to survive, is to grow poppy, marijuana, and at that age, I began to grow it, to cultivate it and to sell it.”

Boasts about business

“I supply more heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana than anybody else in the world. I have a fleet of submarines, airplanes, trucks and boats.”

Family life?

“Very good -– my children, my brothers, my nephews. We all get along well, very normal. Very good. … I want to live with my family the days God gives me.”

Responsible for drug addictions?

“It’s false. The day that I don’t exist, it won’t reduce drug trafficking.”

Drug business affected while in prison in 2014/2015?

“From what I can tell, and what I know, everything is the same. Nothing has decreased. Nothing has increased.”

Is he violent?

“No, sir. … Look, all I do is defend myself, nothing more. But do I start trouble? Never.”

His view on trafficking then and now

“Big difference. Today there are lots of drugs, and back then, the only ones we knew were marijuana and poppy. … It will not end because as time goes by, we are more people, and this will never end.”

Fears same fate as Pablo Escobar?

“I know one day I will die. I hope it’s of natural causes.”

Do Mexican authorities want him dead?

“No, I think that if they find me, they’ll arrest me, of course.”

Relationship with mother

“Respect, affection and love.”

Does he use drugs?

“No, sir. Many years ago, yes, I did try them. But an addict? No. … I haven’t done any drugs in the last 20 years.”

A message to Mexican people

“Well, I can say it’s normal that people have mixed feelings because some people know me and others don’t. That is the reason I say it is normal. Because those who do not know me can have their doubts about saying if, in this case, I’m a good person or not.”

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Hepatitis C drugs tied to potentially lethal liver damage: US

Two drugs used to treat hepatitis C could cause liver damage, leading in some cases to death, the US Food and Drug Administration warned.

Some patients using Viekira Pak or Technivie were found to have experienced liver failure or related conditions, including some that resulted in a liver transplant or death, the health oversight agency reported.

The worst outcomes were mostly in patients who had pre-existing liver cirrhosis. The drugs are manufactured by Chicago-based AbbVie.

The company said in a statement that it was updating the safety risks on the drugs’ labels, including to emphasize that the drugs should not be used by those with advanced cirrhosis, as the FDA findings required.

The FDA said at least 26 cases of liver damage that may be tied to the two drugs have been reported worldwide since the drugs were approved.

Viekira Pak was approved for use in December 2014 and Technivie in July. AbbVie said that the causal link between the drugs and the reported liver injuries was still unclear.

“Because post-marketing events are reported voluntarily during clinical practice, estimates of frequency cannot be made and a causal relationship between treatment and these events has not been established,” it said.

The FDA, however, said the drugs “can cause serious liver injury mostly in patients with underlying advanced liver disease,” though it warned patients to not stop taking the drugs without consulting their doctor since that could result in their hepatitis becoming resistant to other treatments.

Hepatitis C, an infectious disease usually spread by unsanitary injection practices, itself targets the liver, though is only rarely life-threatening.

AbbVie stock fell 10.35 percent on the news, to $48.26, while competitor Gilead Sciences, which markets two alternative hepatitis C treatments, jumped 5.77 percent to $107.60 over the same late afternoon period.

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Lamar Odom awake and speaking in hospital, source reveals

Former NBA star Lamar Odom was conscious and able to say “Hi” to estranged wife Khloe Kardashian, a source with knowledge of the situation said Friday. It was unclear whether Odom remained conscious or how long he was awake.

Odom’s college coach, Jim Harrick, told CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360” that Kardashian told him she reached down to Odom on Friday morning and told him she loved him. Odom blinked, Harrick said.

The former Rhode Island coach said doctors were taking “some things” — Harrick implied they were breathing tubes and taking him off kidney dialysis — out of Odom on Friday afternoon.

“… And he’s awake now,” Harrick said. “So that’s probably the most encouraging news we’ve heard since it all started.”

Odom is not in a coma and is using a mask to breathe, but has serious damage to his vital organs, the former NBA star’s mother-in-law, Kris Jenner, told “Access Hollywood” on Friday.

Odom has been at a Las Vegas hospital since Tuesday, after being found unresponsive at a brothel.


Khloe Kardashian Rushes To Be By Lamar Odom As He Fights For His Life

Former NBA star Lamar Odom has been admitted to hospital after being found unconscious after binge drinking at a hotel in Nevada.

His ex, Khloe Kardashian is at his bedside as he continues to fight for his life in hospital; she is rumored to be making medical decisions for him as she is still his legal wife.

The 35-year-old’s organs are believed to be failing and he is in a critical condition after being found unconscious at Dennis Hof’s Love Ranch.

According to TMZ, Lamar is still in a coma, and breathing “with the assistance of machines”.

But the gossip website claims his heart is failing and he “is having serious problems with his kidneys and lungs”.

The site claims, despite the couple signing the necessary legal documents to end their marriage in 2013, an “extreme backlog” in family courts means the divorce will not become final for another two months.

Odom was allegedly at the ranch for a number of days partying with girls and taking a herbal substitute for viagra, TMZ quoted sources as saying.

Hof reportedly told the site that Odom was found unconscious in a VIP suite with fluid streaming from his mouth.

The rot in schools is a reflection of society’s moral standing, sociologist says

40 Students from various high schools were arrested for having sex, smoking tobacco and bhang in a Nairobi-bound bus on Wednesday. The students were travelling home for the August holiday when police intercepted the bus on Karatina-Nairobi highway.

A female student among the 40 arrested was Friday morning charged with being in possession of marijuana when a thorough search from police found bhang, matchboxes and tobacco hidden in the girls underwear. The driver and the conductor of the bus were also charged with several traffic offenses.

Tongues have been wagging on who really is to blame for the students behaviour with questions such as have society, teachers, parents failed in their roles in raising young adults?

According to Dr. Benair Muchocho, Sociologist and Senior Lecturer at University of Nairobi, society is to blame for who the youth are growing up to become. “The indiscipline of the students is a reflection of what Kenyans represent. It is an extension of what the society stands for whether it is the corruption in the police department, the cover-ups, the elections, it is just a sign of the overall moral decay in Kenya,” he says.

“How are the students accessing the drugs, what is the school authority doing to make sure there is no drug use in the school?” Dr. Muchocho asks. According to him the children begin to indulge in drugs and sex because we as a society have failed them like in the case of a school where it maybe a teacher, watchman, school employee who is the drug peddler.

The information age has also played a big role into the behaviour of our teenagers where the child has free access to anything they want to access of the Internet. The parents also need to stop burying their heads in the sand because, modern day children cannot live the way grandparents live because there are different norms and behaviour. “If you do not talk instill discipline in the children when youth, they will research on sex, how drugs are smoked on their mobile phones and that is how they get exposed,” he says.

Bobbi Kristina’s Boyfriend Says Her Situation Was Caused By Drugs

Bobbi Kristina’s boyfriend Nick Gordon has remained silent on exactly what went down at her home when he found her facedown in a bathtub in January, but it has been claimed that he was recorded saying that it was down to drugs.

According to TMZ, Nick was secretly recorded discussing Bobbi Kristina following the incident on January 31.

He was allegedly speaking three weeks later on February 21, where he blamed drugs.

The website claims that he was legally recorded without his knowledge in Georgia, as it is a one-party state.

“I’ll tell you the honest truth, Krissy, she was under a lot of stress and we were all doing drugs and you know, all, all drinking, bro,” TMZ reports Nick as saying.

In reference to Bobbi Kristina being found in the bath he reportedly added: “She just did too much man. She, listen, listen bro. I will officially stay from bath tubs forever, I’ll tell you that.”

In the recording, Nick was confident that Bobbi Kristina would wake up and be able to support his version of events.

“When Krissy wakes up she’ll tell the truth to everybody. Everybody will feel stupid as f***… You know Krissy got in an accident 2 days before this happened and the man is in critical condition right now,” he said.

He later warned his family, as he said: “If they take her off that life support, the police are going to have to take me down bro.”

Nick Gordon is a person of interest in the case, and should Bobbi Kristina – who is the only daughter of the late Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown – die, it will reportedly become a murder investigation.

Drug-laced sweets on sale – Nacada

Some manufactures of confectioneries are lacing them with prohibited drugs then selling them as sweets or chewing gums, Nacada has said. Nacada CEO William Okedi said retail outlets should be careful with their suppliers and parents need to monitor what their kids eat.

He was commemorating the International Day against Drugs Abuse and Trafficking at Kibera grounds, Nairobi, Friday. Okedi said the National Authority for Campaign against Alcohol and Drug Abuse is working with youth groups and schools.

He said the Kenya Scouts, National Youth Service, universities and 630 secondary schools are helping to teach the dangers of drug abuse. Okedi said Nacada will form inter-agencies committees that will include governors and county commissioners to spearhead the war on killer brews.

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Woman Drugs Boyfriend, Abandons Him In Stolen Car

A man was found drugged on Friday morning by his supposed girlfriend after they stole a car along Chester house in Nairobi.

According to taxi operators, the two left Florida restaurant at 6am and proceeded to the vehicle, where they claimed the lady gave the man a white substance before she left.

“The man slept in the stolen vehicle without moving, we tried calling him or knocking the door of the car but he could not wake up. We were so worried for him,” said a taxi driver.

The owner of the car, who did not identify himself, said he left the unlocked vehicle in a parking lot, from where it was stolen.

“This is my vehicle and nobody can steal it because it’s automatic. He cannot even steal the radio,” he said.

The drugged man woke up around 8:30am.

-The Star

One Direction pays ‘marijuana bond’ to Philippines

British pop phenomenon One Direction paid a cash bond to the Philippines on Thursday that was imposed because of drug concerns, allowing them to play two concerts this weekend, the immigration bureau said.

The bond, 200,000 pesos ($4,500) each for singers Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson, will be forfeited should the two get caught using or promoting illegal drugs, Bureau of Immigration spokeswoman Elaine Tan told AFP.

The bond requirement was in response to an anti-drug watchdog group’s request for “strict scrutiny” of Malik and Tomlinson before they were issued work permits, she said.

“The condition is intended to protect the public interest should the band members commit any violation during their stay in the Philippines,” she said.

A video of Malik, 22 and Tomlinson, 23 apparently smoking marijuana in a car while on tour in Peru went viral last year and shocked the tattooed but baby-faced quintet’s hordes of female fans.

The group is scheduled to hold concerts at the seafront grounds of the Philippines’ largest mall, which can accomodate tens of thousands of people, on March 21 and 22.

The mega-venue has in the past hosted teen idols Justin Bieber and Justin Timberlake.

Tickets for the first night have sold out and the second date is expected to sell out as well, Gina Santiago, an executive assistant of the group’s Philippine promoter, Ovation Productions, told AFP.

When asked about the reported marijuana bond, Santiago said the band’s promoters were at the immigration department on Thursday to “sort out” the issue and the concerts would go ahead.

However she was unable to confirm that a bond had been paid.

One Direction, one of the world’s biggest pop music acts, is very popular in the Philippines. The group currently has five albums on the local iTunes album chart.

Marijuana is illegal in the Philippines, a mainly Catholic country where the Church continues to maintain a strong influence on society.

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Three Danish khat smugglers plead guilty in Kenya

Three Danish women pleaded guilty on Thursday to breaking Kenyan customs laws by attempting to smuggle suitcases stuffed with a narcotic herb out of the country.

The women were arrested at Moi International Airport in Mombasa with four suitcases containing 61 kilogrammes of khat, a mild herbal narcotic also known as miraa, that is grown legally in Kenya but banned in Europe.

“Our officers discovered the miraa wrapped and hidden in the suitcases as the three waited to board a flight,” said airport police chief Richard Okweya.

Khat, which has a stimulant effect similar to drinking numerous cups of strong coffee, is especially popular in Somali communities where it is traditionally chewed at important gatherings and social occasions.

It is believed the drugs were destined for Britain, where they would have an estimated street value equivalent to 20 million Kenyan shillings ($220,000).

Police said the three women had arrived in Kenya a week earlier, and were arrested before boarding a commercial flight to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi before connecting to Denmark and then Britain.

The women pleaded guilty to the charges of breaking Kenyan customs law by attempting to export concealed goods and were fined 50,000 shillings(Euro 510) each.

Britain banned khat in June 2014, falling into line with other European countries.

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Marijuana enthusiasts seek to capitalize on evolving US pot laws

From aspiring “bud tenders” to research scientists and Wall Street analysts, marijuana enthusiasts of every stripe gathered in Washington looking for ways to capitalize on America’s evolving pot laws.

Billions of dollars could be up for grabs in years to come as states allow medical marijuana or fully decriminalize the drug — even though it remains illegal under federal law.

In a scene unthinkable during the first two decades of America’s long-standing “war on drugs,” dozens of pot industry representatives squeezed into a swish hotel just a few blocks from the United States Capitol.

Several were raising money for cannabis ventures or looking to recruit staff but — aside from some futuristic-looking metal pipes and glass bongs — there was little of the paraphernalia one might ordinarily expect at a cannabis convention.

“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and you kind of need to jump on it now to be ahead of the game,” said Nicklaus Tilford, a Tennessee chef who had just given his resume to a Washington-based medicinal marijuana grower searching for a part-time “junior gardener.”

“It’s either now or never,” he said.

A total of 23 states have now legalized marijuana for medical use. Colorado, Washington state, Alaska, Oregon and the US capital have recently passed laws legalizing it altogether.

Other vacant positions up for grabs included marijuana “bud tender,” a plant trimmer, cannabinoid research scientists and even genetic analysts.

While the part-time junior gardener position only offered $12 an hour, Pritesh Kumar, who heads the Phytostaffing medicinal cannabis staffing agency, said the starting salary for an expert chemist was between $150,000 and $300,000.

– Pot in the nation’s capital –

The event came two days after Washington started allowing pot use. People in the nation’s capital can now light up in private without fear of arrest, though selling the drug and consuming it on federal grounds remain prohibited.

Washington residents can, however, grow up to six plants. Many attendees of the weekend convention came seeking cultivation tips.

“The goal for today is really to get a feel for the DC area,” Kumar said, referring to the capital district.

Voters in several more states are likely to consider legalization measures in 2016 elections, including California -– home to about 40 million people and responsible for a huge part of the US economy.

Opinion polls show a slim majority of Americans support marijuana legalization.

“Americans are sick and tired of this prohibition. There’s no indication this is having any effect whatsoever,” National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws executive director Allen St Pierre said in a recent interview.

“I am sitting here three blocks from the White House, I can literally call a bike courier here in DC and have cannabis delivered quicker than a Chinese meal one block away.”

Scott Greiper, president of cannabis consulting and financial services firm Viridian Capital & Research, said legal marijuana sales jumped from $250 million in 2012 to $2.5 billion last year.

Greiper’s company helps smaller, “mom and pop” marijuana firms scale up by bringing in experts and even former federal law enforcement officials to offer advice.

“As much as there’s a growth opportunity in the sector… we find that the people that are actually running these businesses don’t have a lot of experience and track record of growing,” he said.

– ‘Inhaled frequently’ –

Though the drug remains illegal under federal law, President Barack Obama’s administration has come to endorse a hands-off approach.

Obama, who has admitted to using marijuana as a youngster and having “inhaled frequently,” has backed states’ rights to decide how they handle the drug.

Once taboo, many politicians now support legalization, eying potential savings in prison and court costs, as well as tens of millions of dollars in sales tax revenue.

Activists say marijuana enforcement wastes billions of dollars in police and prison costs, and has a life-long impact on users who get a criminal record, including problems finding work.

Additionally, African Americans are much more likely than white people to be arrested for marijuana possession, even though both groups consume it at similar rates.

“The long-term outcomes of incarceration are significantly worse than the health outcomes of marijuana use,” said Malik Burnett, a policy manager at the Drug Policy Alliance in Washington.

But support for legalization is not universal.

Carla Lowe, who lives in the California state capital Sacramento and is founder of Citizens Against Legalizing Marijuana, worried about the potential adverse effects of marijuana on young brains.

Her group believes IQ scores can fall by as much as eight points with marijuana use, which can also increase high school dropout rates.

“We have to fight it with every ounce of our being,” she said. “It has no redeeming factor.”

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Washington DC legalises marijuana possession and use

Washington DC has become the latest place in the United States to legalise the possession of small amounts of marijuana.

As of midnight on Thursday, people who use the drug in private will no longer risk prosecution.

Washington DC joins Alaska, Colorado, and Washington state as the only places in the US that allow the use of the drug for recreational purposes.

Residents and visitors to the city over the age of 21 can possess as much as 2oz (56g) of cannabis, and may grow a few plants at home.

Buying and selling the drug however remains illegal, as does smoking it in public.

The plan was overwhelmingly agreed upon in a referendum last November.