“Alberta is experiencing an increase in the cultivation of marijuana inside residential homes,” begins the consultation report released by the Government of Alberta late last month. “This practice poses significant and unacceptable risks to Albertans and our communities.”
The report continues, “The physical health and safety hazards associated with marijuana grow operations (MGOs) are extensive. High humidity levels cause mould growth in walls, floors and ceilings and can weaken the structural components and surfaces of a dwelling. The presence of mould and chemical residues can lead to immediate and ongoing air quality issues in the home. Alterations to the water system can contaminate soil, groundwater and municipal water supplies. Exposed electrical wiring and alterations to the electrical system in general pose dangers to first responders and surrounding residents. In addition, MGOs bring criminals, weapons and sometimes violence into otherwise quiet neighbourhoods.”
In light of the above, consultations were held across the province earlier this year with police agencies, municipalities, fire officials, public health inspectors, safety codes officers, home inspectors, utility companies and associations, mortgage and real estate companies and other organizations.
The main themes of the consultation were:
1. Detection, Notification and Disclosure
2. Community and Environmental Impact
3. Inspection and Remediation
4. Child Protection
5. Safety and Health Hazards
6. Utility Usage and Theft
To read a summary about what was heard from stakeholders and from the public, click here to download report.