The Trial of the Plant starts in Pta High Court

The highly anticipated trial of a Lanseria couple fighting for the legalisation of dagga started in the Pretoria High Court on Tuesday.

The Trial of the Plant, as it has become known, was set to start on Monday but was delayed as the state, and defendants Doctors For Life did not want the trial to be live-streamed.

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Myrtle Clarke and Jules Stobbs were arrested in 2010 for growing large amounts of marijuana.

If the pair lose the case,they will face criminal charges for possession of dagga.

Permission to live-stream the court proceedings was granted on Friday, but Doctors for Life opposed this.

Doctors for Life lawyer Helene Davidtsz said the organisation was worried that the plaintiffs would not be as objective as a media house would be.

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“Doctors for Life are concerned less about the live-stream‚ but are worried about the use of material after the fact,” said Davidtsz.

She said clips from the trial could be taken out of context and re-used.

The judge ruled that the trial will be live streamed.

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