Recovering addict Melinda Ferguson weighs in on the dagga judgment

Author of Crashed: How Trashing a Ferrari Saved My Life, Melinda Ferguson is in her 17th year of sobriety after being addicted to crack cocaine, as well as other substances like cannabis.

She recently weighed in on a Western Cape High court ruling in favor of the possession‚ cultivation and use of dagga at home.

Sharing the effects the substance had on her, Ferguson says weaning off weed was difficult.

She spoke to Cape Talk's John Maytham.

Ferguson says the substance was 'incredibly hard'.

When I think about having a line of cocaine and the effect that would have on me which was a kind of a lift, to a joint which would send me into incredible paranoia, very strong feelings of mental incapacitation.

Melinda Ferguson, Author

I am pro-decriminalisation so the judgment is not a problem ,all I was saying is be careful.

Melinda Ferguson, Author

Click on the link below to listen to full interview...


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Recovering addict Melinda Ferguson weighs in on the dagga judgment


702 welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

  • Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
  • Sexism
  • Homophobia
  • Religious intolerance
  • Cyber bullying
  • Hate speech
  • Derogatory language
  • Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the 702 community a safe and welcoming space for all.

702 reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

702 is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

Read More
Chris Maroleng not SABC COO until Cabinet seals the deal

Chris Maroleng not SABC COO until Cabinet seals the deal

In a statement, the Communications Minister explains that the appointment of SABC executives must go through a Cabinet processes.

'CT city manager submitted resignation instead of reasons to keep job on Friday'

'CT city manager submitted resignation instead of reasons to keep job on Friday'

Cape Town city manager Achmat Ebrahim has resigned after more than 10 years at the helm amid misconduct allegations.

Why State's case against home dagga use was flawed - analyst

Why State's case against home dagga use was flawed - analyst

UCT's PHD student Anene Kriegler elaborates on landmark judgment and why the State's argument was selective and unsubstantiated.

Roll one, smoke one? Callers share where they stand on dagga ruling

Roll one, smoke one? Callers share where they stand on dagga ruling

Listeners judge for themselves following the landmark ruling on dagga use in private homes.

Dagga lobby group explains court ruling on marijuana usage

Dagga lobby group explains court ruling on marijuana usage

Fields of Green for All welcomes Western Cape High Court ruling on legal use of marijuana for adults.

High Court OKs possession, use and cultivation of dagga at home

High Court OKs possession, use and cultivation of dagga at home

Parliament has 24 months to rewrite parts of the Drug Trafficking Act that bans the possession and cultivation of dagga at home.

Popular articles
Meet the inspirational man who has lived with HIV since birth

Meet the inspirational man who has lived with HIV since birth

Ntimbwe Mpamba shares his life's journey of living with HIV. He is the longest living person with HIV in Africa.

Historical victory as Parliament passes paternity leave bill

Historical victory as Parliament passes paternity leave bill

The Labour Laws Amendment Bill seeks to regulate the right of parental leave for South African fathers and adoption leave.

Soon you may not be able to light up in public (indoors or out!)

Soon you may not be able to light up in public (indoors or out!)

The Dept of Health is looking to introduce draft legislation that includes a complete ban on all smoking in public areas.

'If you don't like dagga, you're not going to like the future', says lobbyist

'If you don't like dagga, you're not going to like the future', says lobbyist

The Clear Option's CEO, Quintin van Kerken, says the State has failed to make a convincing argument against legalising cannabis.

Dr Viwe Mtwesi is South Africa's youngest black female cardiologist

Dr Viwe Mtwesi is South Africa's youngest black female cardiologist

Dr Viwe Mtwesi spoke to Relebogile Mabotja about her achievements and commitment to serving people through her work.

Almost 30 million SA ID numbers compromised after site hacked

Almost 30 million SA ID numbers compromised after site hacked

Independent Marketing Consultant in the Technology Space, Andrew Fraser says this looks like a leak and not a hack.

'The university degree is dead'

'The university degree is dead'

Flux Trends founder Dion Chang gives five reasons why he believes getting a degree is past its sell by date.