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Patricia Tabram, "Cannabis Granny"
    #6329113 - 12/03/06 02:24 AM (14 years, 3 months ago)

Personal Column: Pain Relief
December 3, 2006 - The Independent

Patricia Tabram, 68, had her first joint three years ago. She was so taken with the drug, she started cooking meals with it for friends



For the past three years I've been cooking wonderful meals with cannabis. I cook just for myself now, but for a while I was part of a pensioners' cannabis cookery group. I grow it at home and have been raided three times. I believe in it so strongly that I'm prepared to go to prison, even at 68. After years of living with pain, I'm now well . I no longer have to wear a neck brace or use a walking stick.

In 1975, I found my son dead in bed. He was 14. I went into shock and the doctor put me on Valium. I attempted suicide and spent three months in a mental hospital. My marriage broke up, and I had to nurse my dying mother, father, grandmother and second husband. I was given ever stronger sleeping tablets and antidepressants and developed a range of illnesses. I had tinnitus, a rash, and so much bruising that I thought I had Alzheimer's and was falling without realising it. I was also bleeding from the kidneys and bowels.

It wasn't until 2003 that I read about the side effects of the drugs I was taking. I decided to come off them and went into depression.

One day, a friend, shocked at the state I was in, gave me a roll-up. Afterwards I slept for more than 12 hours. I hadn't slept naturally for 25 years; it was unbelievable. When I woke up I felt great and the spinal pain caused by an accident had gone.

I didn't like smoking it as it hurt my throat. My friend said that I could cook with it and told me about a dealer in a pub in Newcastle. I ground it down into a powder and put some into eggs. Within five minutes my head started to swim, I vomited and passed out. I'd taken too much. I tried again with a smaller amount, adding some chilli oil. It was delicious. I started experimenting with recipes, and put it into my hot chocolate before bed. After a week I was permanently pain free. I felt great and every day I was buzzing to get up.

A lady I'd known for many years said I looked great and that before she thought I was at death's door. She wanted to know where my stick and neck brace were. I said that I didn't need them any more as I was on a new medication and told her what it was. She phoned up a couple of days later and asked if she could bring a couple of friends round. Within three months there were five of us pensioners in a cannabis cookery club. We'd cook chicken and meat pie, lemon and lime cheese cake, casseroles, steak and kidney pies. We also played Scrabble and knitted. They flushed away their medicine.

We decided to grow it ourselves and each put £200 into a kitty for equipment. I started 31 plants off in the garden hut and then moved them up into the loft.

They were about 3ft and doing very well when there was a knock at the door. I knew it was the drug squad. Someone had tipped them off. I invited them in, admitted I was growing cannabis and offered them tea and coffee, and biscuits with it in, but they refused.

I was charged with cultivation and possession with intent to supply and put in a cell for five hours. After being interrogated three times for 45 minutes I was given a caution and taken home. Four months later I was raided again. I had 9oz of cannabis which I was putting in little bags for the ladies. I'd bought it the night before. I was fined £750 and given a six-month prison sentence suspended for two years. I decided to grow the herb just for myself after that. I stood at the general election for the Legalise Cannabis Alliance and got about 1,000 votes. I have also started a cookery book, Grandma Eats Cannabis.

Five months after the trial, I was raided again. My case comes up in March. I'm going to represent myself: I want to tell the jury why I medicate with it. I only eat it five times every other day now. After nearly three years I need less. I'm pain free. The only victims in the cannabis issue are the elderly, the disabled and the sick.
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For more about Patricia Tabram see: Cannabis-Cooking Granny Busted


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Re: Patricia Tabram, "Cannabis Granny" [Re: veggie]
    #6329618 - 12/03/06 08:07 AM (14 years, 3 months ago)

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I ground it down into a powder and put some into eggs. Within five minutes my head started to swim, I vomited and passed out.




Go go granny! :crazy2:


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Re: Patricia Tabram, "Cannabis Granny" [Re: takk]
    #6330009 - 12/03/06 01:37 PM (14 years, 3 months ago)

Dude leave the poor woman alone. She has done nothing but improve her quality of life, I really don't get why she has to be harrassed so much


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Re: Patricia Tabram, "Cannabis Granny" [Re: CUBErt]
    #6330172 - 12/03/06 03:13 PM (14 years, 3 months ago)

she found her son of 14 dead in bed?

that would be enough for me to go pick up a kilo of heroin and just junk out til i die. its great this lady found something that allowed her to be better and continue living her life like the rest of us, despite her pain and fear of what was happening to her.


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Re: Patricia Tabram, "Cannabis Granny" [Re: CptnGarden]
    #6330208 - 12/03/06 03:28 PM (14 years, 3 months ago)

I FOUND HER BLOGSPOT HOLY CRAP

http://www.cannabisgrandma.blogspot.com/





"Thanks to Tony Blair and his "Police State" we can now all go out and get drunk 24 hours a day - probably because M.P's and Policemen love their Alcohol, and I would like to remind everyone that Alcohol "Kills" more people per year, through Drunken driving and Liver disease, than any drug, even, Cocaine and Heroin, and they both kill thousands, and are the cause of breaking up families."

fuck yeah go grandma!!!


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Re: Patricia Tabram, "Cannabis Granny" [Re: CUBErt]
    #6330552 - 12/03/06 05:47 PM (14 years, 3 months ago)

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CUBErt said:
Dude leave the poor woman alone.




I'll try my best  :bongload:

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CUBErt said:
She has done nothing but improve her quality of life, I really don't get why she has to be harrassed so much




I really wouldn't expect any moral person to think otherwise


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Re: Patricia Tabram, "Cannabis Granny" [Re: veggie]
    #6638018 - 03/05/07 05:11 PM (14 years, 6 days ago)

March 5, 2007 - Telegraph
Grandmother who 'cooked with cannabis' denies possession

A 68-year-old grandmother who "passionately" believes in using cannabis to relieve pain went before a judge and jury today charged with growing and possessing the drug.

Patricia Tabram denies one count of possession and one of cultivating cannabis.

Tabram cooperated with police when they raided her home in the sleepy village of Humshaugh, near Hexham, in September 2005, and directed officers to a bedroom where cannabis plants were growing in a wardrobe. She also told police there was powdered cannabis stored in jars in her kitchen to be used in cooking, the court heard.

During the raid, police seized four plants, growing equipment and the powdered form of the drug which the prosecution claims was for her personal use.

Tom Moran, prosecuting, told Carlisle Crown Court: "Mrs Tabram is somebody who passionately believes in the use of cannabis as a way of relieving pain.

"She says she suffers symptoms from various unfortunate health problems that are, she says, not alleviated by conventional medicine.

"She believes she should be able to take cannabis to do what conventional medicine cannot do." Tabram is believed to use the drug to alleviate the symptoms of tinnitus, whiplash and depression.

Mr Moran reminded the jury of six men and six women that they were not there to debate legalisation of cannabis, however.

He said: "You are not here to debate whether the law should be changed, you are here to apply the law as it stands at the moment."

Sgt Alan Clement was part of the police raid. Under cross-examination by Tabram, who is defending herself, he admitted she had asked him to seize the contents of her freezer.

He said: "I cannot remember exactly this conversation but it would be to the effect we were not going to take food out of your freezer."

The pensioner replied: "The reason I asked you to please take it was, I believe, if you had gone back to the police station with 22 boxes of curries, casseroles, biscuits, cake and ice cream, this would have proved to the Crown Prosecution Service that I only use cannabis to cook."

There was a ripple of laughter in the courtroom when the defendant pointed out that a police statement read out by the prosecution was dated September 11, 2005, five days before the raid took place.

The prosecution said it will investigate why the document was wrongly dated.

The case was adjourned until tomorrow morning.


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