In 2013, The Dagga Couple expanded their petitioning to allow for online registrations with encryption and ID verification against the South African Home Affairs database. The online petition code has also been verified by lawyers. Christoph Stallman that specializes in web development, assisted The Dagga Couple in creating various integrations of the dagga petition for other websites to use to help rally up support for petition signatures.
Accepting that a certain plant can help with symptoms of cancer has been a taboo subject for many doctors and patients a like. In South Africa, we are hearing of Doctors that are becoming more aware that cannabis is a lower risk option in treating the adverse side effects of cancer treatment.
Day 13 of the Trial of the Plant started with more history lessons as Craig Paterson took the stand again to lay down testimony on the historical accounts of cannabis prohibition in South Africa. The state continued to show their best legal representation when arb questions were asked:
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.
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It looks like DFL is a little annoyed by a scientist telling them their expert witness is not up to scratch. They even wrote a press release dedicated to this. This is a great 2:30min snippet of the moment, and more.. Doctors for Life – Fields of Green for All (FOGFA) expert witness repeatedly tries to trash top notch expert
This is State advocate Bogoshi Bokaba’s cross-examination of a Historian on the Prohibition of Cannabis in South Africa. This takes place after the Historian has given his full CV and the History that he researched. Read more on Day 10 here.
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.
Right after tea time was called on Day 09 of the Trial of the Plant, Doctors for Life lawyer said some VERY disturbing words, that was recorded. Listen yourself…
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