If Marijuana is legalized and people are growing plants at home couldn’t that be harmful to the home itself?

 

The new Cannabis Act, Bill C-45 to legalize Marijuana in Canada is still meeting resistance even though many feel it will be passed in the next few months.  Once legalized, homes could legally hold up to four marijuana plants growing inside.  A burning debate from the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) challenging the legalization on behalf of over 100,000 Canadian REALTORS® is how indoor growing could negatively affect not only the health of Owners and Tenants but also the value of the home.  There’s a threat of potentially spreading fungus, mould through ventilation systems in the home requiring remediation to reduce harm to home owners and Tenants.

It may seem like a stretch that four plants could actually cause any damage at all but that may depend on the green thumb of the person raising the Cannabis.  While a small seedling may seem harmless, the growth process that may follow could potentially have that plant measuring between 2-4 feet depending on the conditions provided indoors.  The yield from each full sized plant could be as great as 11 pounds of cannabis per year. As most gardeners experience there are additional risks to the plant health itself from pests, disease and bugs that would also need to be considered.

Another question is how much additional energy will homes consume to operate grow lights as recommended when growing indoors.  Consumers have been historically concerned about child safety, neighbourhood safety and declining home values living near grow-ops.

Tougher regulations should be introduced first surrounding cultivation or there should be no home growing allowed was a the position that Michael Bourque, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Canadian Real Estate Association  conveyed at an Ottawa hearing on Monday, April 30th, 2018.  “We question if personal cultivation is even necessary” when there is a “well-funded, well-capitalized industry,” The legislation ignores evidence that growing cannabis indoors can be hazardous to the home, and health of home owners.”

Coupling education and awareness campaigns with regulations would seem necessary as police services, fire services and healthcare professionals share concerns as well on this hot topic.

-written by Connie Power

Connie Power is a Real Estate Sales Representative   – Career Development and Mentoring of New Agents
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