Article by Adam Frisk, Global News
Canadian realtors are raising fears that growing recreational marijuana at home “unleashes all kinds of problems,” while suggesting that growing four plants amounts to a “grow-op.”
Ottawa’s proposed marijuana legalization regulations allow Canadians to grow up to four marijuana plants at their residences. Medical users are already allowed to grow at home after a federal court ruled in 2016 that the government cannot ban patients from growing their own cannabis.
But the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) is proposing an amendment to the regulations that would result in a halt on home cultivation for recreational purposes until provinces can enact new regulations after Ottawa provides guidelines on how to do so.
During a Senate committee panel discussion on the Cannabis Act, CREA CEO Michael Bourque said though the bill wouldn’t directly affect realtors, it will “impact their customers.”
“Indoor cultivation can cause damage that will result in increased expenses, especially for landlords, who will then have to pass on these costs on to tenants. This will raise rents for Canadians, and will disproportionately impact lower-income Canadians,” Bourque said Monday. “The stated purpose of the bill is to protect public health and public safety and yet the legislation ignores evidence that growing cannabis indoors can be hazardous to the home and health of homeowners.”