The start of the Trial of the Plant will commence at 11:00 AM today.
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The South African Drugs and Drugs Trafficking Act No.140 of 1993 lists Cannabis under “Undesirable Dependence-Producing Substances” and states that “Canabis (sic) (Dagga), the whole plant or any portion thereof, except dronabinol, is illegal.”
(The “except dronabinol” part is the subject of much debate and you can read our opinion on this issue here.)
In 2010, Julian Stobbs and Myrtle Clarke, aka The Dagga Couple, sued 7 South African Government Departments on charges of enacting unlawful laws.
For a summary of The Dagga Couple’s legal argument, please click here.
The Trial of the Plant is to be heard in the Pretoria High Court from 31 July 2017 to 25 August 2017. Various experts, both local and international, will testify.
The High Court will rule on the constitutionality of the matter. Thereafter, the case may have to go to the Supreme Court of Appeal before being heard by the highest (!) court in the land, the Constitutional Court.
A timeline of the progress of the case can be found on The Dagga Couple website. All information about the JoinTheQueue programme, where they help people who have been arrested on a Cannabis charge to apply for a Stay of Prosecution pending the outcome of The Dagga Couple’s case, is available on the JoinTheQueue website.