With the prospect of legalized cannabis looming in Ontario, condominium boards throughout the GTA are rushing to figure out how to respond to a law that will permit residents to grow up to four plants inside their homes.
“We don’t want to set up a system where anyone can just grow four plants and then it becomes a problem of overpopulation across units,” said Tim Gordanier, a condo board president.
There’s about 240 units inside Gordanier’s Corktown building. Like many homeowners in the city who share walls and common areas, Gordanier is concerned about how indoor cultivation could affect a building’s structure and value.
“There’s the smell going into the hallway or another unit. There’s also mold. I’m also concerned with people dealing [cannabis] out of their homes, which is going to affect every body.”
Gordanier’s says another challenge will be ensuring that residents only grow up to four plants. His board hasn’t drafted a policy on home cannabis gardens, but hundreds of other boards in the province have.