CREW poll: Pot growing in rentals

With a proposed marijuana legalization bill in the offing, should the government tweak the bill to ban people from growing in rented homes?

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The Cannabis Act was introduced in the House of Commons earlier this week. Under the act, adults will be permitted to grow as many as four marijuana plants in their homes.

The announcement has one landlord group calling for reform already.

"Fundamentally we want marijuana growing to still be prohibited in rental units and in multiple-dwelling units, (including) condos (and) co-operatives," The Canadian Federation of Apartment Associations President John Dickie told CBC News. "Because, from that point of view, there are impacts on the neighbours."

There are also concerns about the impact grow-ops can have on the resale value of a home because of the stigma attached to those homes.

Growing plants in-house can also cause mould issues and increase the possibility of fire hazards, both of which could result in costly bills for homeowners.

Many lenders also shy away from financing former grow-op homes, according to several mortgage brokers.

"I think the government is obviously balancing a lot of issues here," Dickie told CBC. "They do want to break the black market, and that's important. But we think we can break the black market if they let people [only] grow it in their own owner-occupied homes, and the product is readily available in stores or by mail order."

Related stories:
Selling a pot-growing home in B.C. might prove tricky
New federal regulations to allow growing of medical marijuana at home

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  • by Barb 2017-05-19 12:14:17 PM

    I believe they should since renters have no to stake in the property and how much damage that could be done to the home! Who will know how many plants were grown in the home. Owners will have to be vigilant when drafting rental agreements.

  • by Julie 2017-05-19 7:34:54 PM

    I think that should be up to the owner of the building being rented and put into their lease. Marijuana plants in themselves are simply plants, as is a tomato plant, a fern etc. You only have problems if people are using humidity and lights. Many household plants are grown in front of windows.

  • by Ian H 2017-05-19 11:38:45 PM

    Interestingly enough I found a bit of a loop hole. It's not perfect but did you know, that according to the by-law office of my local health department, the "Smoke Free Act" allows you to declare a building totally non smoking. I haven't challenged that yet in a Landlord Tribunal but it is food for thought. Not sure if that would work in a single family home but it might work well in a multi family environment. I was surprised when they told me I could do that, but it was during a smoking related complaint that I had cause to meet with the inspector several times and that was his statement.

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