PRETORIA, The State has filed an application in the High Court here to disallow expert evidence supporting the legalization of dagga (cannabis), which has further delayed the so-called dagga trial in its third day Wednesday.
Partners Julian Stobbs and Myrtle Clarke had approached the High Court in Pretoria to declare the current laws against dagga invalid but it was further frustration for the “dagga couple”, as time is running out for experts they’ve brought in from overseas to support their case.
One expert now has to go back to the United States without testifying as a result of continuing court delays.
Clarke said: “These are very prominent scientists and doctors and they have very busy lives and I have been negotiating with these experts for over five years and if I might put it in the public domain, it cost me about 180,000 Rand (about 13,600 US dollars) to get Dr Abrahams (one of the experts) here and he has been sitting in court doing nothing for three days. Can you imagine how that makes us feel?”
The state is pushing ahead with its late application to strike-out evidence, the experts citing that it’s irrelevant and lacks accuracy.
However, the judge didn’t appear impressed by the State’s late application. Judge Natvarla Ranchod said: “I don’t think one should be arguing the relevance here because I cannot at this stage make a decision on that and that’s in fairness to the defendant as much as its fairness to the plaintiff.”
The trial continues.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK