If you have been arrested on a Cannabis related charge and require assistance, please refer to our legal assistance project, JoinTheQueue.
The Trial of the Plant started in the Pretoria High Court on 31 July and was adjourned sine die on 18 August 2017. Various experts, both local and international, were set to testify under the four platforms listed below. Live stream footage of the trial can be found on The Dagga Couple You Tube channel. Our legal team are in the process of setting a date for the trial to resume in 2018.
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, were arrested and subsequently 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.
A summary of both sides of the argument can be found on our Legal Case Timeline.