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UK: Carlisle couple on cannabis charges declared not guilty
News and Star, Carlisle
Monday 06 Jan 2020
Lezley Gibson and her husband Mark outside Carlisle Crown Court following a previous court appearance
A married couple accused of illegally possessing cannabis chocolate bars have walked free from a court after the prosecution offered no evidence, saying that it was not in the public interest to continue with the case.
Mark and Lesley Gibson, both 55, had faced three charges.
These included an allegation of producing the drug.
But at Carlisle Crown Court today, there was a round of applause from the couple's supporters in the public gallery as the judge announced that the case was now over.
The prosecution said the couple were now accessing a medicinal form of the drug legally and it would therefore not be in the public interest to continue the prosecution.
Mr and Mrs Gibson began producing the drug, say the prosecution, after the NHS withdrew her original cannabis based treatment Sativex.
The couple live in Yewdale Road, Morton, Carlisle.
Prosecuting barrister Brendan Burke insisted that the couple had broken the law and warned that they would be prosecuted if they did so again.
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