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UK: Canna-biz' case judge to begin summing up

Cambridge Evening News

Friday 15 Dec 2006

THE judge is expected to begin summing up today (Friday, 15 December) in
the trial of three people accused of conspiring to supply cannabis-laced
chocolate to multiple sclerosis sufferers for pain relief.

Marcus Davies, 36, from St Ives, and Mark Gibson, 42, and his wife
Lezley, 42, who has MS, both from Alston, Cumbria, deny two charges each
of conspiring together to supply cannabis throughout 2004, until
February 2005.

Carlisle Crown Court heard the Cumbrian couple admitted running a
cottage industry making and posting out more than 20,000 Canna-Biz bars
containing around 3.5g of the drug to victims of the disease around the

But in their testimonies, they both insisted this was a free service
funded by voluntary donations, which was only available to MS sufferers
who provided a medical note confirming their condition.

Davies has admitted running a website and post office box for the
not-forprofit organisation Therapeutic Help from Cannabis for Multiple
Sclerosis - but denies any involvement in making or posting
the chocolate.

Cash receipts totalling £30,000 were seized from Marcus Davies's house,
but the court heard Lezley Gibson told officers these referred to
donations ploughed "straight back in" to funding the operation.

The case continues.




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