How important is history in law? A brief interview with Craig Paterson

We caught up with Craig Paterson after his last day delivering expert testimony on the history of cannabis prohibition for the Trial of the Plant. HA: On the testimony you delivered, is there anything you feel you’d like to talk about outside court now that you are done? Craig: I think what I really like to get across is how important I think history is in the law. I said it on the stand, we live in a postcolonial country and one of our main political agendas at the moment is decolonisation, something that we spoke about so much the last few years.

Trial of the Plant – Day 10 – Global Cannabis Prohibition originated in South Africa

Judge Ranchod cleared out Friday’s issues of the live stream that was broadcast during the tea break when the cameras were supposed to be off. Watch what happened here. Craig Patterson was called to the stand. Craig is a historian based at Rhodes University in Grahamstown where he is busy completing his Ph.D. In 2009 he submitted a Master of Arts covering the cannabis trade in South Africa. He also lectures which mainly focuses on colonialism.

WATCH – Clinical Cannabis Convention

Last weekend’s Clinical Cannabis Convention completed without a glitch, despite Doctors for Life trying to get Doctors to boycott the event one day before. Fields of Green for All has made the recordings of the event available to watch at your leisure. Clinical Cannabis Convention was created to help consolidate our understanding of the plant and its reintegration back into society; while reconstructing ways to maximize the benefits and minimize the harms from uninformed use

Updated: ‘Christianview Network’ Press Release Threatens ‘Doctors for Cannabis’

We originally reported wrong that Doctors for Life was responsible for the Press Release, but in fact Christianview network who has come forth as the originator of the Press Release, has launched a scathing attack on last weekend’s Clinical Cannabis Convention by lodging a complaint with the South African Medical Association against The Dagga Couple for “their ongoing facilitation of a secret drug dealing network and promotion of ridiculous false medical claims about dagga”.

Trial of the Plant – Day 08 – Afternoon session

After lunch, Day 08 of the Trial of the Plant was riddled with obfuscation by the state’s legal troopers meddling with definitions of scientific terms. The state made sure to pick out the bad parts of existing regulation while ignoring other countries and states that have legalised the recreational or medical use of cannabis. Germany’s medical cannabis program was brought into the light where medical cannabis available for 58 conditions.