PETITION AIMS TO HALT CANNABIS COURT CASE
Source: News & Star, Carlisle
Pub date: Thursday, August 25, 2005
A CAMPAIGN has been launched to stop the prosecution of a Cumbrian couple who are charged with plotting to supply cannabis.
More than 700 people have signed a petition on an internet site which is calling for charges against Mark and Lezley Jane Gibson, both 41, of Front Street, Alston to be dropped.
The couple, who stood for the Legalise Cannabis Alliance party at the general election, have appeared at Carlisle Crown Court on a charge each of conspiring to supply the drug.
It is alleged they did this between January 2000 and February 2005.
The Gibsons, who run a shop in Alston, are co-accused with Marcus Peter Davies, 36, of The Grove, Warboys Road, St Ives, Cambridgeshire.
The petition calls for the Crown Prosecution Service in Cumbria to drop the case against all three defendants.
It has been published on a UK-based website called Petition-them.com, which says it is aimed at “individuals and groups who wish to promote a cause or campaign”.
Mark Gibson stood as a candidate for Penrith and the Border in the May election as well as in 2001, while his wife stood in the Carlisle constituency this year.
Lezley Gibson came to national attention in 2000 when she was cleared at Carlisle Crown Court of possessing cannabis.
The jury made its decision after hearing how she used the drug to ease her symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS).
In 2003, Mark Gibson shelved plans to open a Dutch-style cannabis cafe in Cumbria.
None of the defendants were asked to enter a plea at their latest court hearing last Friday.
All three were allowed bail until their next appearance at the crown court on October 13.