'For our love of dagga we go to court'

The "Dagga Couple" Myrtle Clarke and Jules Stobbs fight for legislation of recreational use. (Delwyn Verasamy)

The media dubbed them the “Dagga Couple”, but Myrtle Clarke and Jules Stobbs have made the name their own, proudly carrying on a campaign to have the recreational use of dagga legalised in South Africa.

Nomenclature is important to them. They’re not fighting for marijuana (“Americanism”, says Jules) or hemp (“industrial cannabis”) or medical marijuana (“it confuses the real value of the plant”) or dope (“a 1950s propaganda word”), but dagga, cannabis or zol (“good local names for a great local plant”).

Their fight started in August 2010 when their Lanseria plot was raided and they were arrested on charges of possessing and dealing in dagga.

In February 2011 they appeared in a magistrate’s court and applied to be heard in the Constitutional Court, based on their contention that it is

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