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UK: No regrets for Canna-biz trio

Cambridge Evening News

Saturday 27 Jan 2007

THREE people who supplied thousands of chocolate bars laced with
cannabis to multiple sclerosis sufferers have walked free from court.

Marcus Davies, of St Ives, was convicted of conspiracy to supply
cannabis after helping Mark and Lezley Gibson, of Alston Cumbria,
distribute around 20,000 CannaBiz bars for medicinal purposes.

The trio were each sentenced to nine months in prison, suspended for two
years, when they appeared at Carlisle Crown Court yesterday (Friday, 26

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

He said sentencing guidelines allowed for a significant custodial
sentence, but accepted there were exceptional circumstances in this case.

He added: "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."

The "cottage industry" made and supplied the Canna-Biz bars, each
containing about 2g of the drug, free of charge, with customers required
to provide a medical note confirming their condition before bars were

Speaking after the sentencing yesterday (Friday, 26 January), Mr Davies
said the decision to prosecute had been "ludicrous" and said he would be
appealing against both the conviction and sentence.

He said: "I have been given a nine-month prison sentence for helping
people, and it is unbelievable it meant so much to someone that we be
prosecuted that they actually went through with it.

"It has taken two years to get where we are today (Saturday, 27
January), and still no-one can tell me - who is the victim here?

"The only victim is me, because it has cost me a fortune to fight this,
but the fight will go on because the only thing I have done is help
people. I can sleep at night because I know how many people I have helped."




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