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Pro-dagga activists remain confident despite lack of evidence

Lawyer Gareth Prince & 16 others are challenging the constitutionality of criminalising dagga.

The Western Cape High Court. Picture: Chanel September/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Pro-dagga activists fighting to legalise marijuana remain confident despite a judge requesting they produce more substantial evidence to support.

Lawyer Gareth Prince and 16 others are challenging the constitutionality of criminalising dagga in the Western Cape High Court.

They want sections of the drugs, medicines and related substances and criminal procedure acts amended.

In 2002, Rastafarian lawyer Gareth Prince failed to convince the Constitutional Court to decriminalise dagga.

Now the matter is before a full bench of the Western Cape High Court which has advised the applicants to produce expert witnesses to bolster their case.

Judge Dennis Davis warned articles submitted as evidence are not admissible because they lack expertise.

But Prince maintains the legal merits of the case are strong.

"We could have proceeded, however, not to shoot ourselves in the foot. We'd rather protect ourselves and have whatever evidence the judge says that they consider proper to have before that."

The matter will be heard again in March.

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