He allegedly served cupcakes containing cannabis to his colleagues during a military exercise with live ammunition. This incident comes three months before Justin Trudeau’s government legalized marijuana in Canada
Soldier faces prison for serving cannabis cupcakes
Canadian serviceman faces up to five years in prison after being convicted of serving cupcakes containing cannabis to colleagues during a military live-ammunition exercise.
According to local media, Chelsea Cogswell’s colleagues felt high, confused and concerned for their safety after consuming chocolate cupcakes at the military base in Gagetown, New Brunswick, Canada’s second largest.
The soldiers who consumed the cupcakes were unaware that they contained marijuana. The Ministry of National Defense told AFP Wednesday night that military judge Sandra Sukstorf had “found the accused guilty of all charges” against him.
Chelsea Cogswell is charged with dishonourable conduct under the National Defense Act and administration of a noxious substance under the Canadian Criminal Code.
According to public media outlet CBC, the trial revealed that the soldier had baked the muffins at home and then transported and distributed them to eight soldiers during training.
The incident occurred three months before Justin Trudeau’s government legalized marijuana in Canada. A sentencing hearing is scheduled for November 16 and 19.