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UK: 68-year-old 'cannabis cook' gets community service
Wednesday 07 Mar 2007
A 68-year-old grandmother, from Northumberland, who advocates cooking
with cannabis has been ordered to carry out 250 hours' unpaid work after
she was found guilty of growing and possessing the drug.
Patricia Tabram walked free from Carlisle Crown Court despite being
convicted for a second drugs offence which could yet see her evicted
from her housing association bungalow in Humshaugh, Hexham.
Judge Barbara Forrester told the pensioner she must pay £1,000 costs as
well as carry out 175 hours' unpaid work for cultivating four cannabis
plants and a further 75 hours for possessing powdered cannabis which she
stored in her kitchen and added to cakes, curries, casseroles and soups.
She added: "It is accepted that the cannabis was for your personal use
and you used it to self-medicate.
"In those circumstances I am satisfied it is not necessary to impose a
custodial sentence, either immediate or suspended."
But she reminded the defendant: "Possession, cultivation or supplying
cannabis, or being concerned with any of those actions, except where
authorised, is a criminal offence which may lead to imprisonment."
Outside court, the grandmother of two insisted she would defy the judge
and continue to take cannabis.
She said: "This court is not fit for purpose and I am taking up an
appeal and putting in a complaint about the fact I was not allowed to
have a defence.
"The law and justice do not exist in this country any more."
Tabram, flanked by well-wishers, said she would continue the fight and
was prepared to go to jail.
The mother of three is a tenant of Milecastle Housing, which said it has
had several meetings with her about breaching her tenancy agreement.
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