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Alaskan Thunder F**k: The Case of Bombadier Chelsea who Fed Her Fellow Gunners Cannabis Cookies During a Live Ammo Exercise

Here’s a sharp retort to all those critics who said that Canada had succeeded in making cannabis boring. Bombardier Chelsea Cogswell is facing a court martial for feeding her artillery battalion dagga-laced cookies during a live artillery exercise.

Profile pic of Bombadier Cogswell (left) with friend

 

She faces 18 charges at a court martial for serving high THC- cannabis-laced cookies to unsuspecting members of the Royal Canadian Artillery School (RCAS) during the “Exercise Common Gunner” practice at a base near New-Brunswick in July 2018.   She allegedly prepared the cupcakes at the base canteen and dished them out to other members of her artillery battery. The charges relate to her “baking, including administering a noxious substance and behaving in a disgraceful manner”.

 

Artillery exercise went up in smoke

After eating the cookies, the artillery exercise, which involved firing howitzers with live 155 mm rounds, ended in confusion, paranoia and disarray.  Fortunately there was no loss of life and the stoned gunners were treated by medics and the military police were called in.

 

“Whaddya mean just chill!”

 

Military judge, Commander Sandra Sukstorf, said in court papers ahead of the Bombadier’s trial date, set for 3 August 2021:

“All the members of W Battery who consumed the cupcakes, except one, allegedly experienced symptoms which included dehydration, overheating, fatigue, confusion, dry mouth and paranoia. Several affected members were allegedly unable to properly execute safe weapons and explosive handling drills.”

 

First Canadian soldier to be charged with admistering cannabis without consent.

The incident is believed to be the first time a Canadian Forces member has been charged with administering cannabis to colleagues without their consent, a military spokesperson told CTV News in May.

Canada legalized cannabis for recreational use in October 2018, three months after Cogswell is accused of making the cupcakes. Soldiers in the Canadian military are now permitted to use cannabis, but are prevented from doing so at least 24 hours before operating a weapon or vehicle and eight hours before duty.

 

Under Canada’s criminal code, Cogswell faces a maximum of two years for administering a noxious substance and “dismissal with disgrace” from the military under the National Defence Act.

Cogswell was due to face court martial last year, but the hearings have since been delayed due to coronavirus restrictions, a change in counsel and a legal challenge.

Her court martial is now scheduled for 3 August 2021 in Oromocto, New Brunswick.

Cogswell, who has served in the Canadian military since 2011, has not commented publicly. What was she thinking?

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