In March this year, the Western Cape High Court handed down a judgement that the prohibition of cannabis/dagga use in the privacy of the home to be unconstitutional. In his now much debated ‘privacy’ judgement, Judge Dennis Davis opened the door to the possibility of home cultivation and use and ruled that the State had two years within which to implement changes to the 1992 Drugs and Drug Trafficking Act concerning Cannabis.
The State Appealed the judgment in the strongest terms almost immediately. The police doubled down.
Because the case between the State and Jeremy Acton, Ras Gareth Prince and others is a constitutional matter, the appeal has bypassed the Supreme Court Of Appeal in Bloemfontein and will be heard on Tuesday 7th November in the highest court in the land.
Both Jeremy and Ras Gareth will speak for themselves when the bench of 11 Judges begin their questions.
In an attempt to assist the Court in coming to a decision on the matter of cannabis legalisation, Fields Of Green For ALL have applied to the ConCourt be become Amicus. In this way, FGA, with Adv Don Mahon representing, would be able to offer expert opinion in the matter.
Additionally, both Jules & Myrtle have requested the ConCourt to become co-applicants in the matter. In this way, and this is important, if successful in our application, we would be able to introduce Trial of the Plant evidence into court to assist the bench with their decision.
The State subsequently replied to our request in a blistering 88 page document objecting in no uncertain terms.
Today, the 25th October 2017, we have received notice from the ConCourt allowing Jules, Myrtle and Clifford to join the WCHC as co-plaintiffs. Now, that is extremely good news.
The hearing is set down for one day, and one day it will probably be. A long one. This is a far reaching judgement, and matters of such complexity have been known to go on late into the night.
The pioneering continues.
Consider joining us at the Constitutional Court. It is one of the great buildings of South Africa in its architecture and feel and is still a real bastion of democracy and impartiality in our country. These learned people are used to making big decisions and we are convinced they will make the right one of Nov 7th.
Join us as we take cannabis legalisation one step closer to reality.
See you in court!