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Monday, 23 September, 2002, 20:24 GMT 21:24 UK
Cannabis cafe had medicinal aim
Dutch Experience cafe
Colin Davies faces six drugs-related charges
A man who opened an Amsterdam-style coffee shop told a court its purpose was to supply cannabis for medicinal purposes.

Colin Davies, 44, is charged with a number of drugs offences after opening the Dutch Experience Cafe in Stockport, Greater Manchester.

Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court heard he was arrested after smoking a joint during a police raid on the shop's opening day.

Mr Davies, of Romney Towers, Stockport, is one of five men who deny charges in connection with the cafe.


I am a caring person. I have put my head on the line for these people

Colin Davies

Mr Davies initially set up a group through which he sold cannabis to about 200 people with illnesses including cancer and multiple sclerosis, he told the court.

He said: "I had sort of taken it on to help these people."

He said he wanted to stop people having to endanger themselves buying the drug from street dealers.

"It brought home to me the dangers these people are going through to help their illnesses.

Colin Davies
Colin Davies opened the cafe a year ago

"I wanted this cannabis distributed to the patients to make their life a little bit better.

"I am a caring person. I have put my head on the line for these people," Mr Davies said.

He told the court that he intended to mirror the "medi-weed" system he saw on a trip to Holland.

Mr Davies is facing six charges, including possession of a class B drug with intent to supply.

Phillip Rainford, 35, of Market Place, Stockport, Stephen Caveney, 47, of Rishworth Close in Offerton, and Andrew Young, 32, of Reddish Road, Stockport, all face drug-related charges.

Robin Wright, 46, of Duncan Road, Longsight, is charged with permitting the cafe to be used for the smoking of cannabis.

The trial continues.


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