The conviction of Stockport cannabis coffee shop owner, Colin Davies, has been criticised by a Southport Euro-MP.
Chris Davies MEP, who is facing charges in Manchester Crown Court on 28 October for possession of cannabis as part of a political protest, said:
"Colin Davies is a martyr who has led the challenge to the ridiculous laws on cannabis. I have no doubt that in the course of time his actions will be entirely vindicated.
"Ten years ago the owners of most of Britain's major stores broke the Sunday Trading Act in a deliberate attempt to change the law. They succeeded, and have since been rewarded with knighthoods and huge bonuses. Colin Davies has done just the same by opening Britain's first cannabis coffee shop, but he has had to pay a much higher price."
Mr Davies continued:
"The Government's own experts* now say that cannabis is less harmful than either alcohol or tobacco. If Colin Davies is a criminal then logic dictates that so should be the managers of every shop and supermarket which sell these drugs quite legally.
"Now that the Home Secretary has signalled his intention to downgrade the law on cannabis, this conviction makes the legal system look farcical. It is like a throwback to another time.
*The Advisory Council on Drugs Misuse
Article submitted by A.Manderson on behalf of Chris Davies MEP