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Letter: They should be given medals (3) - THC4MS

Alun Buffry

News and Star, Carlisle

Saturday 23 Dec 2006

HOW sad that in this day and age of terror, drug addiction and murder on
our streets, a group of such well meaning people as Lezley and Mark
Gibson and Marcus Davies have been convicted of conspiracy to supply
cannabis in the form of chocolate to people with MS.

On the surface, as far as the law is concerned, of course they were
guilty as they did not deny the facts, and when a judge instructs the
jury that it is their oath to reach a verdict based only on the
evidence, what else would anyone expect?

But is that really what the jury’s oath is about?

For it doesn’t even suggest one cannot reach a not guilty verdict
despite the evidence: in fact, if a juror sees that the law is unjust,
he or she would be bound to return a not guilty verdict.

If an adult was prosecuted after being caught in possession of a drug
confiscated from a youngster with the intention of handing it in or
destroying it, it would be a misapplication of law and despite admission
of possession, the prosecution should fail in the interests of justice.

So now jurors have been almost forced to convict owing to the word of
law, putting aside natural justice.

Yet the law used against these three, the Misuse of Drugs Act was surely
intended to reduce harm from drugs use, not to prevent medical benefit
from plants.

The “THC4MS (Therapeutic Help from Cannabis for Multiple Sclerosis)
Three” as they’ve been called, did only good work, had no victims, and
this conviction will lead to great suffering and will do far more harm
than good.

Indeed a tragedy.

Alun Buffry
Legalise Cannabis Alliance




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