High school students are increasingly becoming prey for university students baking and selling cookies made of weed/bhang.
Two Kenya College of Accountancy (KCA) university students were on Monday, June 17, 2019, arrested after they were found baking cookies laced with bhang which they sell to high school students.
Through a tip-off from the public, police raided a house in Githurahi Kimbo estate in Thika and arrested John Gitonga and Robert Ndee who carry out their activities in their house.
The police found baked snacks, grinded bhang and other ingredients used for baking.
Kiambu County Commander Ali Nuno said the students mix ground bhang with wheat flour to make the cookies.
According to police reports, the KCA university students sell weed cookies to high school students from Thika and Nairobi during half term when they go home.
“This is a business they have done for some time and we urge the public to be vigilant,” Ali said.
Parents have been advised to be cautious of what their children consume to avoid taking harmful substances.
Marijuana dealers have invented subtle ways of hiding bhang baked in food stuffs in snacks such as biscuits, cakes, chocolates, and muffins.
National Authority for the Campaign Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (NACADA) through a 2017 report stated that 7.7 percent of secondary students in Kenya have abused bhang.
“The age between 13 and 15 years present the most critical period for students in secondary schools to initiate substance abuse. This age marks the period of transition from primary schools,” the authority noted.
Common visible symptoms of bhang abuse include red blurry eyes, dry mouth, anxiety, poor memory, poor coordination, loss of memory and hunger.
Bhang or Marijuana is still illegal in Kenya. Kibra Member of Parliament Ken Okoth devised a bill seeking to legalize the use and cultivation, it was opposed by NACADA.