Planning to Grow Legal Pot? Check Real Estate Rules First

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If Canada follows the path of most U.S. states that have legalized marijuana, we’ll be allowed to grow a moderate number of plants at home.

The upside is a plentiful supply of cheap marijuana; the downsides are the space requirements, the plants’ fussy need for just the right amount of light, water and fertilizer, higherpower bills — and the strong, pervasive smell.

Another potentially delicate problem is selling your house.

As the seller, how much do you have to disclose about the marijuana plants that you whisked out of sight for the open house? Different provinces have different rules.

The Real Estate Council of British Columbia recommends that selling agents encourage their clients to disclose in writing that a property has been used to grow pot, even if the grow was one of the legal and quite small ones that medical marijuana users are allowed.

“While marijuana for medical purposes may be grown legally with the necessary licence, the possibility remains that its growth could result in a property defect,” spokesperson Marilee Peters wrote in an email.

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