THE first cannabis cafe in Scotland is in danger of closing after its
landlord threatened to evict the operator.

The Purple Haze cafe, in Leith, has already been raided by police after
opening on Thursday. Three people were arrested for alleged drug offences.

Now William Frame, the businessman who owns the building, has issued cafe
operator Paul Stewart with an ultimatum.

A spokesman for Frame, managing director of Edinburgh property firm
Braemore Property Management, said: "Cannabis is illegal and Mr Frame does
not condone the use of the drug or the actions that have been taken by his
tenant. Mr Frame has advised Paul Stewart that he is in breach of his lease
and, if he continues to do so, Mr Frame will take legal action.

"Mr Frame is co-operating fully with Lothian and Borders Police and a copy
of the letter issued to Paul Stewart by his solicitors has been forwarded
to them."

Cannabis was reclassified from a Class B to a Class C drug last week, which
in practice means that users of small quantities are unlikely to be
prosecuted, and Purple Haze opened immediately afterwards to take advantage
of the relaxation of the rules.

It is designed as a private members' club for anyone who wants to use
cannabis. However, the drug is not legal and police say that it is
"business as usual" for them.

Pubdate: Sun, 01 Feb 2004
Source: Scotland On Sunday (UK)
Copyright: 2004 The Scotsman Publications Ltd.