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Sentencing hearing for New Brunswick soldier who served cannabis cupcakes

November 16, 2021  By Canadian Press

Nov. 16, 2021, Oromocto, N.B. – A sentencing hearing began today for a New Brunswick soldier found guilty of serving cannabis-laced cupcakes to Canadian Armed Forces members during a 2018 live-fire training exercise.

Bombardier Chelsea Cogswell was found guilty on nine charges following a court martial in August.

She was convicted on eight counts of administering a noxious substance and one charge of disgraceful conduct.

Cogswell served the cupcakes to eight soldiers while operating a mobile field canteen on July 21, 2018, on 5th Canadian Division Support Base Gagetown in New Brunswick.


Military Judge Cmdr. Sandra Sukstorf told the court the actions of Cogswell were “shockingly unacceptable.”

She said people were driving trucks, setting up large howitzer guns and handling ammunition while impaired, adding that the circumstances presented a potential for significant harm, including death.

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