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Dagga couple accuses court of stalling

Julian Stobbs and Myrtle Clarke are fighting for the decriminalisation of cannabis, saying they want to be able to trade in dagga.

Julian Stobbs and Myrtle Clarke, also known as the dagga couple. Picture: Katlego Sekhotho/EWN

PRETORIA - The case involving the so-called dagga couple has still not formally begun, with arguments continuing over whether proceedings should be live streamed

Julian Stobbs and Myrtle Clarke are fighting for the decriminalisation of cannabis, saying they want to be able to trade in dagga.

Arguments on why nonprofit organisation Fields of Green should be permitted to live stream the event will continue on Wednesday.

The couple is founding members of the organisation and has hired the Ant Farm production company.

Julian Stobbs says there's no confusion around why permission should be granted to live stream the court proceedings and the State is using delay tactics.

Stobbs says after two days, their lawyers haven't been able to put any expert witnesses on the stand.

“This man lives in San Fransisco and he’s got a flight booked out of here. The tactic of stalling and stalling and stalling is doing us a great injustice”

Stobbs says it’s important this case is broadcast.

“It is important that this trial is broadcast for everybody in South Africa.”

He says the State is buying time because its argument on why cannabis was criminalised in the first place is lacking.