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Dagga not a gateway drug - Julian Stobbs

Myrtle Clark and Julian Stobbs say they’re fighting for every South African who wants to use the herb freely.

The couple that’s taken government to court over anti-cannabis laws, Myrtle Clark and Julian Stobbs. Picture: Katleho Sekgotho/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The couple that’s taken government to court over anti-cannabis laws will appear at the High Court in Pretoria on Tuesday morning.

Myrtle Clark and Julian Stobbs say they’re fighting for every South African who wants to use the herb freely.

Stobbs says they aren’t deterred by those who hold opposing views.

He says it’s not true that dagga is a gateway drug to harder narcotics.

“I don’t think for one minute that if anybody starts smoking weed today, they will be on heroin tomorrow, it does not happen. People use drugs, cannabis doesn’t make you use something else.”

Stobbs says he's been smoking dagga in the privacy of his home for the past 25 years.

He says that he and his partner have been treated badly by police.

“I found myself with the police and a revolver on my cheek in my lounge.”

He says they're ready to finally face the government in court.

“You forget to realise that everybody that uses any drug has rights as well. They are not animals and should not be put in jail.”

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