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UK: Cannabis was sold in bars of chocolate

Peterborough Evening Telegraph

Wednesday 06 Dec 2006

A CITY man sold homemade chocolate bars containing cannabis as pain
relief to multiple sclerosis (MS) sufferers and "made no secret" of his
involvement in the scheme, a court heard.

Marcus Davies (36), formerly from Parnwell, Peterborough, is accused of
selling the bars, worth about £20 each, with co-defendants Mark Gibson
(42) and his wife Lezley (42), who has MS, both from Alston, Cumbria.

But the trio deny two charges each of conspiring together to supply
cannabis throughout 2004, until February 2005.

Carlisle Crown Court heard that police seized 33 jiffy bags containing
“Canna-Biz” choco-late bars from the Royal Mail sorting office in
Carlisle on January 25 this year.

Each was later found to be laced with 3.5g of cannabis.

Jeremy Grout-Smith, prosecuting, told the court all the packages had a
return PO Box address in Huntingdon, which was later traced to Davies.

He added the bar wrappers were printed with a website address of the
Therapeutic Help from Cannabis for Multiple Sclerosis, which was later
found to be run by all three defendants.

Police raided the Gibsons’ home on February 7 this year and seized
cannabis chocolate bars, labels and packages.

Officers also searched Davies’ house in St Ives, where he now lives, on
June 8 this year. Details were found of bank accounts, into which about
£40,000 of cheques had been paid between March 2003 and March 2005.

Two sheds containing cannabis plants were also found.

Mr Grout-Smith added that Davies told police the cannabis plants were
grown for his own use.




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