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UK: Accused 'led' cannabis campaign
Monday 11 Dec 2006
A man accused of conspiring to supply cannabis-laced chocolate bars
campaigned for the drug to be used by sick people, a court has heard.
Mark Gibson and his wife Lezley, both 42, of Alston, Cumbria, are
standing trial at Carlisle Crown Court with Marcus Davies, 36, of St
All three deny two charges each of conspiring to supply cannabis.
The court heard how Mr Gibson had made a case for the medicinal use of
the drug to the House of Lords.
He told the hearing he had become interested in the therapeutic
potential of the drug many years ago because his wife has multiple
He said he had campaigned for the drug to be used by people with the
illness since the late 1980s.
He also told the court he had been visited by police officers as far
back as 2002 and been told not to be so "brazen" about what he was doing.
But he was not been arrested until last year, the jury heard.
He said the drug was only given to people who could prove they had MS
and that a donation was all that was asked for.
It is alleged the three defendants sent home-made "Canna-Biz" bars by
post to help patients cope with the pain of MS.
The jury at Carlisle Crown Court had already been told the trio made no
secret of their involvement in the supply of the chocolate bars.
The trial continues.
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