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Marlene Jesso, veteran N.L. police officer, named to marijuana task force

A police officer from Newfoundland and Labrador who has spent much of her career fighting drug use will now advise the federal government on how to legalize marijuana.

Royal Newfoundland Constabulary Supt. Marlene Jesso was among the nine members of a task force named Thursday.

“My career has been devoted to law enforcement but the federal government has decided to change its policy regarding marijuana and I’m delighted to be a part of it,” Jesso told CBC.

Jesso has 33 years policing experience, including a decade enforcing federal drug laws.

She worked undercover, and was appointed officer in charge of the N. L. Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit, a joint RCMP-RNC team, in 2014.

A news release from the federal Department of Justice noted that Jesso “has overseen many highly successful investigations dealing with illegal drugs and organized crime.”

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