An Etobicoke landlord finds himself in a growing legal battle over a grow-op located in one of his apartments. At issue is the damage he says was done by a couple who grew marijuana under a legal medical marijuana growing license.
Under the legal license, the couple is allowed to maintain several plants as well as store over 2000 grams of dried marijuana on their premises. This landlord isn’t alone. The number of medical growers with legal permits has risen from 500 in 2001 to 37,000 this past year.
The law on medical marijuana changed earlier this year to shift production from small residential growers like this couple to licensed commercial operations, but in the meantime the apartment languishes – and homes and properties are put at risk.
The Damage Done
While in this case, the tenants are insisting their grow-op only used a rundown room in an already dilapidated apartment, there’s no doubt that marijuana cultivation causes significant damage to an indoor environment. The deleterious effects of a grow-op can include:
- Poisonous gas and chemicals
- Biological contaminants
- Poor indoor air quality
- Formation of damaging mold and fungus
- Mold and mildew from intense condensation
- Greater chance of fires occurring
The legal climate is ambiguous and on top of that, history proves that people will grow it legally or not – in the meantime, where does that leave you as a potential homebuyer or rental property owner?
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