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AS IT HAPPENED: 'Dagga couple' case - Judge dismisses strike out application

'Dagga couple' Julian Stobbs and Myrtle Clarke say they are ready to to fight for their bid to make dagga legal in the country. (Alaister Russell, Gallo Images, The Times)
'Dagga couple' Julian Stobbs and Myrtle Clarke say they are ready to to fight for their bid to make dagga legal in the country. (Alaister Russell, Gallo Images, The Times)

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03 Aug 2017

Judge Ranchod takes a short adjournment in order to give his decision

03 Aug 2017

Willis concludes

03 Aug 2017

Court is back in session, continued argument on experts and summaries

03 Aug 2017

"I've tried? all drugs, most addictive is coffee, sugar and alcohol," claims YouTube commenter

03 Aug 2017

"They must legalise it for medical and religious use? and a certain licence must be given to all those who want to use it." - YouTube commenter

03 Aug 2017

There is no disagreement and obstruction in this minute, says Willis, rejecting suggestions that there was deliberate obstruction from Doctors for Life

03 Aug 2017

This application is taking far too long - Judge Ranchod tells Willis

03 Aug 2017

YouTube commenters showing frustration at the technical arguments in the case: "Come on! Let's get to the? real arguments!"

03 Aug 2017

While most social media chatter in favour of dagga being legalised, this comment is against: "It should not be legalised otherwise no future. Crime? is high and corruption and this will be an added problem which the government is failing to control."

03 Aug 2017

Judge Ranchod doesn't look happy when Willis says he still has much to say

03 Aug 2017

Willis gets advice from Judge Ranchod on what to discuss next

03 Aug 2017

Willis discusses the principle of constitutional avoidance

03 Aug 2017

Laughter in court as Willis struggles with a traditional African name

03 Aug 2017

Approach of mudding the water and putting up a ruse is pure deflection, says Willis

03 Aug 2017

There's been a large degree of co-operation between the parties, says counsel for Doctors for Life Reg Willis

03 Aug 2017

Question of costs should be reserved for a later time - State

03 Aug 2017

Judge doesn't want a further delay

03 Aug 2017

State: Time has been allocated to a large number of documents that have no relevance to this case

03 Aug 2017

Debate on the strike-out application, lots of files dominate the proceedings

03 Aug 2017

Judge Ranchod says the meeting with the parties was not a pre-trial meeting

03 Aug 2017

Watch live video of the case here

03 Aug 2017

Debate on the value of experts continues

03 Aug 2017

A couple's trial to have dagga legalised for use, cultivation and distribution is yet to begin in the North Gauteng High Court.

The State, after arguing about the rights to live-stream the trial for two days, has brought an application arguing that the evidence summaries were irrelevant and were compiled incorrectly.

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03 Aug 2017

The so-called 'dagga couple', Julian Stobbs and Myrtle Clarke, will head back to the Pretoria High Court on Wednesday in a bid to have marijuana legalised.

The couple believes the banned substance is not a gateway drug to other narcotics.

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