Article by Solomon Israel, The Leaf News
When Brad got a phone call from an unknown number recently, he ignored it. Then came an unexpected text message: the caller was a City of Calgary official, and he wanted to talk.
“He phoned back about two hours later, and I answered his call,” says Brad. “I recognized the number from the text message.”
“He just said, ‘We’re aware that you have a marijuana grow operation on your property, and we’d like to inspect it.'”
Brad was surprised. His home cannabis garden is perfectly legal: he’s a registered medical cannabis user, and holds a Health Canada licence to cultivate marijuana for himself and on behalf of one other person. (The Leaf News is not publishing Brad’s last name to protect his privacy.)
At first, Brad hesitated to agree to an inspection.
“He became a little more confrontational — still polite — and said, basically, ‘We need to see it. It’s a safety inspection. I’m not going to count plants, I only want to inspect the building for mould and fire (safety issues).'”
Brad consented, and they agreed on a time for the inspection. Right after hanging up, Brad reviewed his Health Canada licensing documents.