B.C. MP Introduces Private Member’s Bill to Protect Landlords Whose Tenants Grow Medical Marijuana

Article by Courtney Dickson, CBC News

Cathy McLeod says that while the courts have granted people with medical issues the right to use medical marijuana, there are other ways to access it that don't involve growing it in a rental property

After receiving complaints from constituents, a Conservative British Columbia MP says landlords should be able to decide if tenants can grow medical marijuana.

Cathy McLeod has introduced a private member’s bill in the House of Commons requiring tenants in rental properties to get permission from their landlords if they want to grow medical marijuana.

“If someone’s got a couple hundred thousand of their hard earned money invested, I think they have the right to provide permission or not,” McLeod said.

“For the last number of years, I’ve had a number of constituents that have phoned into the office and they’re landlords, and they’ve found out that there’s medical grow operations happening in their homes and they . .  had no idea about it, their insurance becomes invalid and they worry about the long-term repercussions,” McLeod said.

“I’ve had people come into my office in tears,” she added.

Many have poured their life savings into rental property investments, she said, but the marijuana operations have jeopardized those investments.

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