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Daily Mail

Parents fury over cannabis leaflets distributed in schools

Furious parents are calling for the removal of cannabis booklets from schools which they claim are advertising the drug.

The ‘Know Cannabis’ booklets, which are handed out to teenagers preparing for  GCSEs, include advice on how best to take the drug, whether to use bongs or  buckets, and how to roll joints.

It is not until page 14 of the 20-page booklet that readers are told that  cannabis is actually illegal, just before the information that under-18s can be  arrested three times before they will be prosecuted.

They include costings for ‘vaporisers’ which are ‘less risky’ and warn not to  roll a cannabis cigarette with too many cigarette papers as ‘three skinners  will do’.

The booklets begin by telling youngsters to ‘Know the effects, how it is used,  the risks, and how to avoid them’, and informs youngsters that ‘Cannabis can  make you feel relaxed’ and ‘Music may sound better’.

One 45-year-old mum from North Tyneside said she was outraged to find out her  15- year-old asthmatic son came home and told her he had been given ‘a lesson on how to smoke cannabis safely’.

Today she said: “[…] he showed me the cannabis booklet. I was furious when I read it, parts of  it are designed like an advert for the stuff.”

North Tyneside Council said the booklet was part of the National Drugs Education Programme, aimed at alerting Year 11 students to the risks and harm  of drug misuse, and that no complaints had been received from parents.

But the mum, who did not want to be named to protect her son, added: “The  booklet does mention the dangers of cannabis use. But this is mixed in with messages that suggest cannabis use is normal and ‘acceptable’ even, which I am  sure most parents will disagree with.”

The booklet is produced by Merseyside-based HIT, which provides ‘social  marketing campaigns’ on drugs and alcohol and sexual health,

A North Tyneside Council spokeswoman said: “The materials referred to are used across the nation by schools as part of the National Drugs Education Programme.


Cannabis reclassified with higher maximum jail sentence


Cannabis has been reclassified by the government from a Class C to a Class B drug, carrying a higher maximum jail sentence for possession.

Cannabis and the law

Possession of Class B Drugs (including cannabis and amphetamines) carries a maximum sentence of five years in jail

Possession of Class C drugs (including ketamine and GHB) carries a maximum sentence of two years in jail

Cannabis penalties

In England and Wales, a first offence of possession of cannabis will usually attract a warning

With “aggravating factors”, such as smoking in the presence of children or public order offences, arrest is likely

An £80 spot fine (penalty notice of disorder – PND) is proposed for a second offence

A third offence will usually mean arrest and a court appearance


MSN Money Central

3 prison stocks poised to break out

Thanks in part to overcrowding, governments are turning to private companies to build and manage prisons. Here’s how to pick the right time to buy into the trend.

The three big prison companies — Corrections Corp. of America (CXW, news, msgs), The Geo Group (GGI, news, msgs) and even the troubled Cornell Cos. (CRN, news, msgs) — have decent growth prospects for the following reasons.

Instead, state and federal prison systems turn to private companies that build and manage prisons.

Government prisons are overcrowded and the prison population will keep growing.



US Private employers increasingly tap prison labor force

WASHINGTON (CNN) — A new employment trend is emerging, in part because of the tight labor market. Private companies are increasingly turning to prison labor to fill jobs no one else wants.

Prison-industry partnerships are up 200 percent since they began in 1979,

Thirty-seven states participate in the work program, which has earned the praise of prison officials.


AFP / Google News

Mexico drug plane used for US ‘rendition’ flights: report

MEXICO CITY (AFP) — A private jet that crash-landed almost one year ago in eastern Mexico carrying 3.3 tons of cocaine had previously been used for CIA “rendition” flights, a newspaper report said here Thursday, citing documents from the United States and the European Parliament.

The plane was carrying Colombian drugs for the fugitive leader of Mexico’s Sinaloa cartel, Joaquin “Chapo” Guzman, when it crash-landed in the Yucatan peninsula on September 24, El Universal reported.

The daily said it had obtained documents from the United States and the European Parliament which “show that that plane flew several times to Guantanamo, Cuba, presumably to transfer terrorism suspects.”

It said the European Parliament was investigating the private Grumman Gulfstream II, registered by the European Organization for the Safety of Air Navigation, for suspected use in CIA “rendition” flights in which prisoners are covertly transferred to a third country or US-run detention centers.

It also said the US Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) logbook registered that the plane had traveled between US territory and the US military base in Guantanamo.


U.S. Army Civilian Inmate Labor Program

“The FBOP provides civilian inmate labor free of charge to the Army.” – page 4

“Inmates must not be referred to as employees. They will not be paid from Department of the Army funds, nor receive any personal or private gratuity for work accomplished or services rendered.” – page 5

“Title 10, United States Code governing leases of DOD property allows acceptance of inmate labor as payment in kind for real property leased to correctional systems for use as prison camps in an amount equivalent to the fair market value of the lease interest;” – page 12


Sentencing Project
December 2006

Bureau of Justice Statistics figures for 2005 indicate that there were nearly 2.2 million inmates in the nation’s prisons and jails, representing an increase of 2.7% (58,500) over the previous twelve months.

The new figures represent a record 33-year continuous rise in the number of inmates in the U.S. The current incarceration rate of 737 per 100,000 residents places the United States first in the world in this regard.



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