should consider packing her bags and moving from England to Canada, the first country to regulate the medicinal use of marijuana
The 66 year old grandmother has a penchant for marijuana and includes it in her casseroles, cookies, biscuits, cakes, and scrambled eggs. She then shares her cuisine with her friends and neighbours. Tabram first began using pot
last year, after she was introduced to it by some friends. She says that she uses the drug for its medicinal properties and since she does not care for smoking it, the former chef decided to cook with it.
Last May, police came to Tabram's East Lea home in a raid. The grandmother explains, "When the police came to my door I invited them in. I told them to look in the loft and I offered them some tea and biscuits." In her home, police found 31 cannabis plants along with hydroponic cultivation equipment. In a later raid they found 47 bags of "skunk," a particularly strong form of marijuana. Although British police are not expected to arrest people for possessing a small amount of cannabis, it is illegal to supply it to others.
Tabram plead guilty to charges of "intent to supply" but was spared hard jail time in favour of a six-month suspended prison sentence.
For more on Canada's stance on cannabis, please see the CBC's Pot and Politics: Canada and the Marijuana Debate
and Canada Health's Straight Facts about Drugs and Drug Abuse