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Ten Places That the DEA Thinks Teens Are Hiding Their Weed

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The Drug Enforcement Administration recently terrified parents with this tweet: “Find out where your kids hide drugs,” with a link to a page on, a DEA-produced site designed specifically for parents, educators and caregivers. This particular page, titled Hiding Places, lists spots that people should look if they think kids might be smoking marijuana.

Here are those suspicious spots:

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1. Alarm Clocks
Because they’re a common item to have in a kids’ room, the DEA site says parents should look inside the battery hatch for baggies of bud.

2. Candy Containers and/or Wrappers
Drugs can be camouflaged inside of empty containers that once contained candy. This is a clever hiding place because “a lot of the edible drugs — such as ecstasy or some of the marijuana edibles — look like candy anyway,” according to the DEA.

3. Car Interior
Nothing will make parents regret giving a teen his own car more than discovering the car is serving as a major stash box. Since searching an entire car is quite an undertaking, the DEA offers a few helpful suggestions of where to start, including inside the glove compartment, on the bottom of the seats, behind the steering wheel and in the trunk.

4. Game Consoles
Think your kids are spending too much time playing video games? The DEA gives you another reason to be concerned: They could be hiding weed in the console. “PlayStation, Wii, Xboxes — all of them have small spaces where teens could hide drugs,” the site notes.

5. Graphing Calculator
Is your teen staying up nights doing algebra or calculus? It’s obviously because there’s pot in the calculator. As with alarm clocks, the battery compartment of a calculator can hide tiny bags of weed.

Read on for more places where the DEA thinks teens are hiding their weed.

6. Heating Vent
The DEA thinks heating vents are a good spot to hide weed, but we disagree: When the heat is on, wouldn’t it melt the plastic bag? Even if the bag survives, we’re pretty sure the heat would ruin the weed. This entry just shows that no one who wrote this list actually tried to hide pot when they were young.

7. Highlighter
If only we had all been this smart when we were kids. Apparently ingenious young people have figured out that they can store pot inside the tube of a highlighter pen, and the cap hides the smell. Seriously, that’s a great idea.

8. Posters
If you crunch up your weed enough, you can tape it behind the posters in your bedroom. At least, that’s what the DEA says kids are doing in bedrooms across the nation. “You might want to run your fingers over that poster in his or her bedroom,” the website alerts parents.

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9. Shoes
Okay, ew. The DEA thinks teenagers are storing their marijuana in the toes of their shoes. Unless all of a teen’s shoes are at least half a size too big, how does that even work? And what happens when they walk downstairs? Automatic grinder.

10. Teddy Bears
Although kids have always hidden things in their stuffed animals, a suspicious parent has to be careful checking for pot: Once you slice into a stuffed animal, there’s no turning back. It’s one thing to run your fingers along a poster, but decapitating a teddy bear crosses the line.

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The Drug Enforcement Administration recently terrified parents with this tweet: "Find out where your kids hide drugs," with a link to a page on, a DEA-produced site designed specifically for parents, educators and caregivers. This particular page, titled Hiding Places, lists where people…

The 6 Best Places To Stash Weed At Home

Does it ever feel like you have no place to leave your weed? If you’re saddled down with nosy (so to speak) roommates or family members, you may be at a loss for good stash spots. We’ve compiled six of the safest and most secure spots for you to hide your weed, to help you keep your stash safe and your mind untroubled.


In an ideal world, we’d all be able to use pot openly, storing it wherever is most convenient. But unfortunately, weed is still highly stigmatised, and in most parts of the world, criminalised as well. Many cannabis users live with roommates or family members who are hostile to weed, and for these users, hiding their stash is sadly necessary.

There are several strategies you can use to keep your pot safe. We’ll address a few, along with lessons you can pull from different approaches.


Got an old computer that no longer works? Stick a pack of weed inside and toss the machine in a corner. There’s a sense of privacy around electronics, and few snoopers will go so far as to crack open your hardware. Computers and their parts are expensive, and your roommates and parents are unlikely to dispose of your computer without your permission, even if they know it’s broken.

One approach would be to unscrew off the backplate, stash some weed in the machine, and re-screw a couple of the screws, leaving the rest aside. This will hide the weed while also allowing you easy access. Just make sure you don’t do this with a “live” computer, as that could be a fire hazard. Also, you’ll want to pack your weed well, as the smell will travel easily through the computer case.


If you’ve got long hair or dreads, then why not put them to use? Tie your hair in a messy bun, and place your baggie of weed inside. This illustrates a crucial principle about hiding weed: keeping it on your person will generally be the most secure. Better yet, in most places it’s illegal to search you without your consent, unless you’re being arrested. So as long as you can avoid committing crimes, you’ll be able to avoid detection pretty reliably. Bonus: you’ll seem very cool when you pull that primo bud out of your bun!

If you’re using this strategy, you’ll want to have strong-smelling shampoo or hair oil to mask the scent of cannabis.


When it comes to hiding weed, your cat or dog might be your best friend. Just stick your baggie of weed at the bottom of the pet food bag and let it hang out. Pet food smells extremely strong, and will go far in masking the dank smell. Make sure the bag is well-sealed, as a weed-and-dog-chow mess is not something you want to deal with. This strategy obviously has drawbacks if other people will be accessing the food bag, but hey: you could offer to take on full pet feeding duties. The animals will like you more, and you’ll gain the perfect stash spot!

In the case of cats, if someone does find it, you can tell them it’s catnip. Keep in mind, this may not fool someone who has a passing familiarity with weed.


If you have the house to yourself for a day or two, consider going on a baking spree and cooking up some delicious, compact edibles. Edibles will seem like normal baked goods to most non-weed-savvy snoops, and won’t emit much of a smell (though the baking process will—which is why you need to be alone for that part).

With this strategy, your main imperative is to make sure that no one eats the edibles thinking they’re normal baked goods. You’ll need to hide them well, and stick a clear “private property” label on them.


If you have little private space, you’ll need to get creative. Taping your stash to the bottom side of a drawer can be an effective way to hide your goods from others. Note that this doesn’t mean in the drawer: it means under it.

To stash your weed under a drawer, pull out the drawer and tape your weed to the back or bottom. Then, push it back in and close it shut. From the outside, everything seems the same; little do onlookers know that drawer is now hiding some treasure! This spot should remain secure, as cohabitants will have few reasons to pull out random drawers. Make sure you practice proper smell protection for this one—you may want to place something fragrant and innocuous, like an air freshener, inside the drawer.


This one is an oldie, but a goodie. On the outside it looks like a book, and on the inside: weed. You can either buy a premade hollow book, or make one yourself. To make one yourself, start by picking a long, heavy book, preferably of boring subject matter. Wheat paste together all the pages, then paste them to the back cover. Wait for it to dry, and use a pen knife to cut a hole through the now-solid mass of pages.

Now you have a super-stealth stash holder. If you carve out some extra space, you can add an air freshener or two to help mask the smell.


As you may have gathered, the most important part of stashing your weed is to prevent smell leakage. A whiff of weed can lead a suspicious onlooker to start searching places they wouldn’t normally look—and could lead them directly to your stash.
The most important step in keeping your weed neutral-smelling is to pack it in an airtight container. Check out this article for advice on products that’ll lock in your bud’s smell, and help keep it safe.

Looking for a good place to stash your weed? Read on for six ideas for how you can keep your stash safe from prying eyes and noses.