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Last Updated: Wednesday, 18 June, 2003, 16:16 GMT 17:16 UK
MS sufferer faces cannabis trial
Biz Ivol
Mrs Ivol said she cannot live without the drug
A multiple sclerosis sufferer who has campaigned for the medical use of the drug has gone on trial accused of supplying it to others.

Kirkwall Sheriff Court heard how a man who was trying to relieve his wife's pain obtained special cannabis chocolates made by Elizabeth Ivol, also known as Biz.

Mrs Ivol, 55, of South Ronaldsay, has denied three charges in relation to the handling of cannabis.

The accused, who has been a high profile supporter of the use of cannabis as a pain relief option, has warned that her life would not be worth living without the drug.

As a result of reading the article, I became aware that Mrs Ivol had found a method for combining cannabis with chocolate
John Murray
husband of MS sufferer

Mrs Ivol uses a wheelchair and the court has convened at a leisure centre in Kirkwall which has easier access.

Witness John Murray, who wanted to ease his wife's suffering from multiple sclerosis, said Mrs Ivol posted him several cannabis chocolates.

Mr Murray said he had considered getting cannabis for his wife but did not know where he could obtain it.

After reading a newspaper article featuring Mrs Ivol, he contacted her and she sent him several cannabis chocolates in the post.

He said his wife Eileen had been losing the use of her legs and was only able to walk up to a couple of hundred yards.

He said: "She has become quite dependent on my presence. She has had considerable pain which you cannot predict.

"As a result of reading the article, I became aware that Mrs Ivol had found a method for combining cannabis with chocolate. I understand it relieves the pain and symptoms."

Police later visited Mr Murray's home in Dalgety Bay, Fife, and removed the cannabis before it could be given to his wife, the court heard.

'Information packs'

Constable Michael Don, of Northern Constabulary, said he obtained a search warrant to go to Mrs Ivol's home on 6 August, 2001 after she attracted media attention.

During a search, tobacco, a quantity of rolled cigarettes and several recorded delivery slips were found.

Police also found a letter written by someone who had requested a supply of her "special Belgian chocolates".

Constable Don told the court that when he interviewed Mrs Ivol, she said: "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 denies a charge of possession of cannabis, a charge of supplying cannabis and a charge of the cultivation of cannabis.

The trial, before Sheriff Colin Scott Mackenzie, continues.

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