Winnipeg Free Press hires designated cannabis reporter

In anticipation of the federal government's move to legalize marijuana in 2018, the Winnipeg Free Press has hired its own reporter dedicated to following the cannabis beat and the growing industry of hemp-based CBD oil.

According to a story published in J-Source, the publication has hired Solomon Israel, formerly of CBC News, to fill the role.

“We want to be able to write with authority," said editor Paul Samyn. "We want to be able to write with credibility on issues that our readers care about or… deserve to know more about.”