Duncan Gardham
The Telegraph

Tuesday 20 Sep 2005

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A drug-dealing grandmother is facing jail after police raided her home and
found she was growing cannabis.

Patricia Tabram, 66, of Humshaugh, near Hexham in Northumberland, was given
a six month suspended jail sentence for possessing cannabis with intent to
supply earlier this year.

She was warned that a repeat offence would mean that she could be jailed
and police said yesterday they had raided her home over the weekend and
arrested her on suspicion of cultivating cannabis.

Mrs Tabram says she takes the drug to alleviate the symptoms of tinnitus,
whiplash and depression.

In January she admitted possessing 8.5oz of skunk cannabis - the most
powerful variety - with a street value of ukp854 and told police she had
clubbed together with a number of other pensioners to buy the supply to
help them to relieve pain.