Landlords brace for legalized in-house grow-ops

April 21, 2017 10:10 am

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As Canada edges closer to legalizing marijuana, landlords in B.C. are considering rental agreements with restrictions on growing and smoking in the home to weed out potential fire hazards, odours and liability issues.

The federal task force on marijuana legalization recommended that Canadians should be able to grow up to four plants at home, and be allowed to possess 30 grams of marijuana for personal use. The federal government could announce legislation to legalize marijuana as early as April 20 with an aim for recreational pot to be legal by Canada Day 2018.

David Hutniak, CEO of Landlord BC, said it’s one thing for medical marijuana patients to grow their own cannabis, “but if it’s legalized for everybody — and what the task force that reported to the federal government appears to be suggesting is that everybody can have their own little grow-op — that’s a different game. And that’s the one we’re more concerned about.”

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