New Date for The Trial of the Plant.

By |Published On: May 17th, 2016|


The Trial of the Cannabis Plant is due to start in the Pretoria High Court, Gauteng province, South Africa on 31 July 2017 until 25 August 2017. This is a total of 19 high court days.

Our legal team at Schindlers Attorneys consulted with Deputy Judge President Ledwaba recently and it was established that these were the first available dates on the court roll for a special (long term, public interest) trial. Accordingly, various dates were set as deadlines over the next year for both parties to get their evidence and witnesses in order. The various deadlines are realistic and attainable by the defendants (the government) so there will be no room for further postponements. We mentioned before that a judge would be appointed to manage the case and we are pleased to announce that it will be Deputy Judge President Ledwaba himself mediating between the parties and making sure that all deadlines are met. We take this as a sign that he is determined to get the show on the road.

We know that as you read this you will have the same reaction as we did. Yes, it is still a long time to wait, but we also know that the wheels turn slowly in the judicial system in South Africa and there are many aspects of our society that also require our learned judges’ attention.

It is a big relief, though, to finally have a date and now, with the support that has grown so much over the past five and a half years, we can polish all aspects of our campaign and enter the court knowing that we have done the absolute best we can. We are confident that we will be presenting the best evidence for an outcome that will join other countries in leading the way towards a worldwide repeal of the unjust and racist Cannabis laws.

Everything we have put in place so far can only be improved upon and this includes fundraising, public awareness and education, international networking and broader drug policy issues. The new date means that we will be able to grow our crowd funding nest egg and wrap up all of the projects that we have started.

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Thank you for walking this road with us.

And thank you to all of the JoinTheQueue cases who wait patiently with us.

 With love and gratitude, Myrtle and Jules xx

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  1. Johan September 6, 2017 at 9:51 am - Reply

    How is the case going?

    • Myrtle Clarke September 11, 2017 at 6:51 am - Reply

      Everything is on hold at the moment as we are just wrapping things up from the 1st round and waiting for a date for round 2. Will keep everyone posted but first we are going to have a break until the end of September! Thanks for your interest!

  2. Jason August 7, 2017 at 10:16 am - Reply

    Good day.Firstly i would just like to thank you and your entire team from the bottom of my heart for what you have done and plan to do in the future.I try to respect both sides opinions and where those opinions stem from,but coming from real life experiences I sincerely believe that your cause is a just one.Having been through multiple surgeries and having a wide range of health problems caused by a debilitating birth defect I can wholeheartedly attest to the medical benefits of cannabis.As a young adult I found I really had a passion for growing the plant but due to stigma and a extreme fear of prosecution I made the choice to completely distance myself from it.To this day I would never want to break the law or put the safety of myself or my family in jeopardy.That being said the passion for the plant still stays strong and I could not think of a more fulfilling career than that of a grower within a legal .Keep up the good work and above all thank you for the hope :)

  3. Mel July 31, 2017 at 3:07 am - Reply

    I hold my breath as you make history this week.

    • Myrtle Clarke July 31, 2017 at 1:07 pm - Reply

      Our legal team keep reminding us to breathe!
      Thanks Mel x

  4. Magu June 28, 2017 at 11:16 am - Reply

    Thank you, Dagga Couple for everything you have done and are doing. Thank you from the bottom of my heart ♥ :)

  5. Elmer Wheeler May 9, 2017 at 8:50 am - Reply

    I was admitted to practice law with a criminal conviction for possession of our favourite vegetable, mountain cabbage in 1993. It was a “skande” to the Law Society. I do not take alcohol. I think the admission judges were also high. Good luck.

  6. Pieter December 20, 2016 at 9:15 pm - Reply

    High, Dagga Couple. The tide is changing for all of the people who loves this plant. There are some points I woulld like to put out there. South Africa is a country with a high rate of violent crime; and what would prevent these violent criminals from stealing your plants and maybe shoot you in the process? Also if pharmacies,who would dispense cannabis, would they become soft targets. I have gotten ahead of myself, but thse thoughts are troubling. Also if elderly people make use of these Pharmaceutical Dispensaries, wouldn’t they become soft targets by criminals? Any way good luck and thank you for risking your necks for all of us tokers out there.

    • Myrtle Clarke January 9, 2017 at 10:13 am - Reply

      Hi Pieter,
      Security is certainly high on the agenda when discussing our “desired outcomes”. We don’t have any decisive answers to your point right now but watch this space…

  7. Freeman August 3, 2016 at 3:53 pm - Reply

    What’s with all the smiley faces? You people are deluded. It is still a prohibited substance mostly because of the hippie stereotype perpetuated by you lot. In the USA it was mostly the libertarian right that actually did something to legalise it. Colorado is actually a pretty conservative midwestern state and it is legally sold in stores there now. The Colorado campaign also did its best to distance themselves from hippies, adopting suites and ties and sober, rational arguments. Washington is more liberal, they also legalised but it is a disaster because of the left’s fetish for high taxes and central control. Just want to put this out there. Don’t censor my comment like last time, please.

    • Snoekasem December 20, 2016 at 9:28 pm - Reply

      It is true that some dispensaries in Colorado, Maine and other states in the US are more upscale in nature than other non-liberal states. But to accuse people on the way they dress and/or act, (being a hippie), is weak on your part. Remember they were the ones who advocated peace in wartime and were fierce advocates to legalize the plant. Mindsets must be changed that only hippies smoke or use other parts of this magnificent plant. People use this plant also for spiritual means, and most of them are not hippies.

  8. Viv July 30, 2016 at 9:42 am - Reply

    We hope you are having a relaxing weekend as you brace yourselves for the next 3 weeks!! Wishing you the full and conscious attention of all the intelligent people hearing the evidence!! Love

    • Myrtle Clarke August 2, 2016 at 12:58 pm - Reply

      Hi, thanks for the support but the DC trial only starts on 31 July 2017. I think you have us mixed up with Jeremy Acton of The Dagga Party as he has a two day hearing scheduled for 31 August 2016.

  9. SA Gymrat June 20, 2016 at 2:58 pm - Reply

    An incredible feat bringing dagga into public focus together with the underlying message of human rights. Gratitude & love back at you!

  10. John May 25, 2016 at 5:59 pm - Reply

    It will be done.

    Congratulations in advance. Well done! Very Impressive!

  11. Neil mcadam May 21, 2016 at 7:42 am - Reply

    We all know that the powers that be will make this process as difficult as possible for you guys (that includes all of us behind you), but we also know that this is the only way to go! Many thanks and at least you have a date now! Keeping it green

  12. Craig Fourie May 20, 2016 at 4:25 am - Reply

    You are a true inspiration! All good things come to those who go out and get it, which you will. Looking forward to a greener planet!
    Mushlove…Mushroom Guru (Pty)Ltd.

  13. Rob van Vee May 19, 2016 at 1:07 pm - Reply

    Fokkin hectic ek se!

  14. Ria May 19, 2016 at 8:14 am - Reply

    Congratulations and the best of luck. The day you win will be Historic!!

  15. Nat May 19, 2016 at 5:20 am - Reply

    Good luck in preparing upto then. Love from Mauritius :-*

  16. Alex May 18, 2016 at 4:39 am - Reply

    Love it!!! good work :D been showing the support and spreading the word since the day it began :D Was also great to see the articals SABC and DailyMarvirck posted to speed up the passing of IFP Oriani-Ambrosini’s private bill!! the future looks green guys!!

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