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UK: Postman Pot walks free from court

Hunts Post

Friday 26 Jan 2007

A MAN who helped mail cannabis-laced chocolate bars to MS sufferers has
walked free from court.

Marcus Davies, 36, of Warboys Road, Oldhurst, was handed a nine month
jail sentence, suspended for two years, at Carlisle Crown Court today
(Friday 19).

Davies, along with his co-accused Mark Gibson, 42, and his wife Lezley,
who suffers from MS and is also 42, had argued that the drug eased the
symptoms of MS and they had a defence of medical necessity, but this was
rejected by a jury last month.

Sentencing the trio, Judge John Phillips said he accepted their motives
were altruistic, that they had a genuine despite to help people who were
suffering and that no profit was made from the operation.

The judge said that current sentencing guidelines substantiated a
significant custodial sentence but he accepted there were exceptional
circumstances in this case, although he disagreed that a conditional
discharge was appropriate.

He said: "The conspiracy to supply drugs took place over a number of
years in what was a sophisticated operation in which several kilograms
of cannabis were distributed."

All three were convicted of two counts each of conspiring to supply
cannabis throughout 2004 and until February 2005.

Davies admitted running a website and post office box for the
not-for-profit organisation Therapeutic Help from Cannabis for Multiple
Sclerosis,, but had denied any involvement in making or
posting the chocolates.

The "cottage industry" made and supplied 20,000 of the Canna-Biz bars,
each containing around 2g (0.07oz) of the drug.

The customers made a donation to cover costs and had to provide a
medical note confirming their condition.

Davies - who has been dubbed 'Postman Pot' - has already expressed his
intention to appeal against the conviction.




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