2 unrelated & unsurprising stories: paedophiles & pot

buckingham butler 'ran paedophile sex ring while working for the royal family'
buckingham butler 'ran paedophile sex ring while working for the royal family'from daily mail: A former Buckingham Palace butler has been unmasked as a sexual predator who ran a paedophile ring while serving the Royal Family. Bachelor Paul Kidd, 55, groomed at least one of his teenage victims for sex by taking him for tea with the Queen Mother at Clarence House, it has emerged. To the public, he had been the urbane gent who waited on the Royals for nine years - first the Queen at the Palace and then her mother. He often publicly gushed about his blue blood employers talking of the Queen as 'courteous and genuinely caring.'

cannabis less harmful than drinking, smoking
cannabis less harmful than drinking, smokingfrom afp: Cannabis is less harmful than alcohol or tobacco, according to a report by a research charity Thursday, which called for a "serious rethink" of drug policy. The Beckley Foundation, a charity which numbers senior experts and other academics among its advisors, said banning cannabis has no impact on supply and turns users into criminals. "Although cannabis can have a negative impact on health, including mental health, in terms of relative harms it is considerably less harmful than alcohol or tobacco," says the report by the Foundation's Global Cannabis Commission. The government is pressing for cannabis to be re-classified in law as a Class B drug compared with its current, less serious, Class C classification.