Thu 19 Jun 2003
A police officer who searched the home of a woman accused of supplying cannabis-laced sweets to fellow multiple sclerosis sufferers found a letter asking her to send on some of her "special Belgian chocolates", a court heard yesterday.
Constable Michael Don said he obtained a search warrant to go to Elizabeth Ivol’s home in Orkney on 6 August, 2001, after she attracted some media attention.
He found tobacco, a quantity of rolled cigarettes and several recorded delivery slips, as well as the letter.
Mr Don, of Northern Constabulary, told the court that when he interviewed Mrs Ivol, she told him: "I send out information packs first and they usually contact me again if they wanted to try out the chocolate.
"I then send out a package of chocolates with nothing indicating where it has come from."
Mrs Ivol, 55, a wheelchair-bound MS sufferer from South Ronaldsay, denies one charge of possession of cannabis, one charge of supplying cannabis and one charge of cultivating the drug.
Earlier, a man who wanted to relieve his wife’s suffering from MS said he contacted Mrs Ivol, who is known as Biz, to obtain some cannabis chocolates. John Murray told Kirkwall Sheriff Court, which is sitting in the leisure centre, that he had learned that Mrs Ivol had developed a technique for blending cannabis with chocolate.
Mr Murray had thought about obtaining cannabis for some time but had lacked any contacts with suppliers of the drug.
However, after reading a newspaper article featuring Mrs Ivol, he contacted her and she sent him several cannabis chocolates by post.
Mr Murray’s home in Dalgety Bay, Fife, was later visited by police, who removed all the cannabis chocolate before he had a chance to give any to his wife.
The trial, before Sheriff Colin Scott Mackenzie, continues today.
Meanwhile, the Scottish Socialist Party has tabled a motion urging the Scottish Parliament to send a message of support to Mrs Ivol.
An internet petition was also started this week by the Legalise Cannabis Alliance and has already received 12 pages of messages of support, and letters have been sent to the justice minister and Home Secretary.
Last week, Mrs Ivol said she will commit suicide after the trial, as
her condition has left her with no quality of life.
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