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Mind-altering drugs store in Highland controversy 04/11/2004 18:10
The man behind Scotland's first cannabis cafe is looking to set up shop in the Highlands to sell legal mind-altering substances.
Fort William man Paul Stewart says there's a demand in Inverness for such a venture, but the idea has been condemned by the Church.
Paul Stewart recently hit the headlines when he opened Scotland's first cannabis cafe in Edinburgh.
Now the thirty seven year old is looking to literally put the High into Inverness High Street - he's been in the Highland capital to scour for premises for a shop which would sell what he says are legal herbal substances, such as herbal ecstasy, magic mushrooms and legal cannabis from America.
He says there's a definite demand for such a service in the city.
The idea has been slammed by the Free Church which says such an enterprise would leave a high moral price to pay.
Paul Stewart's previous venture fell foul of the law in January when he was fined five hundred pounds after admitting allowing the drug to be smoked in the Purple Haze Cafe on the same day it was re-classified from a Class B to a Class C drug.
North Police say they'll be keeping a close eye on him if he sets up shop in Inverness.
Drug workers say Mr Stewart's wares may be legal - but that doesn't mean they're safe.
Even if his shop venture doesn't go ahead, Paul Stewart may soon be bringing another business to the area - he's looking into setting up a tour firm to take cannabis smoking travellers around the Highlands.