Province cuts ties with Winnipeg foster home operator after teens given marijuana daily

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The Manitoba government is cutting ties with a private foster home operator and has asked police to investigate after learning the home was giving underage teens unauthorized cannabis as a form of harm reduction.

Spirit Rising House, a Winnipeg-based for-profit company, runs nine foster homes and two specialized group homes for 34 high-risk youth in Child and Family Services care.

“We are talking about some of the most vulnerable, at-risk youth with incredibly complex needs,” Families Minister Nahanni Fontaine told CBC News. “So to learn that cannabis was being distributed was quite concerning.”

Former and current employees told CBC underage youth were provided cannabis

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