A fire at a home where 200 medical cannabis plants were being grown highlights gaps in federal regulations that are leaving municipalities unaware of potential dangers, the mayor of an eastern Ontario township says.
The Township of North Dundas, about an hour south of Ottawa, passed a motion May 8 calling on Health Canada to require municipalities to be notified when a licence to grow hundreds of medical cannabis plants has been issued to a patient.
Without the notification, Mayor Eric Duncan said neighbours are left vulnerable.
“We’re very concerned. If you don’t have the proper electrical and HVAC system for moisture it could cause mould and mildew, and if the electrical system is messed with and not done properly it creates a lot of safety issues, like a large fire,” he said.
According to Duncan, someone called the fire department in February to report that an electrical cable outside their neighbour’s home was on fire.
OPP in Winchester confirmed the home contained more than 200 cannabis plants, and that two licences had been issued by Health Canada allowing for them. Duncan said police told him each licence allowed for 146 plants, for a total of 292.