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UK: Trio posted cannabis chocolate (THC4MS)

BBC News

Tuesday 05 Dec 2006

Three people were caught posting cannabis-lace chocolate bars to MS
sufferers by a Royal Mail worker, Carlisle Crown Court has heard.

Mark Gibson and his wife, MS sufferer Lezley, both 42, of Alston,
Cumbria, are standing trial alongside Marcus Davies, 36, of St Ives,

All three face two charges each of conspiring to supply cannabis. They
all deny the charges.

Police seized 33 bags containing the bars from a sorting office last year.

It is alleged the trio supplied home-made "Canna-Biz" bars by post to
help patients cope with the pain of multiple sclerosis - a progressive
crippling illness that affects the central nervous system.

The court was told the defendants were members of a not-for-profit
organisation called Therapeutic Help from Cannabis for Multiple
Sclerosis (THC4MS) and they "made no secret" of involvement in supplying
the 150g bars.

'Cottage industry'

It also heard how the Carlisle depot's duty manager alerted officers
after a package fell open as it was being sorted. It was later found to
be laced with 3.5g of cannabis.

Jeremy Grout-Smith, prosecuting, told the court all the packages were
later traced to Mr Davies.

He also said bar wrappers were printed with a website address of THC4MS
which was later found to be run by the three defendants.

Police raided the home of Mark and Lezley Gibson in Alston on 7 February
this year.

Mr Grout-Smith said: "They found some machinery for the manufacture of
the bars - all to be used in what was really a cottage industry to make
chocolate bars impregnated with cannabis."

Two sheds containing cannabis plants were also found at Davies' home,
the prosecution said.

The trial continues.




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