The following is taken from the CREA publication entitled: “Marihuana Grow Operations and Synthetic Drug Labs: What REALTORS® Need to Know” produced in cooperation with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police:
Canadians licensed under the regulations can access the government supply of dried marihuana, grow their own supply or have a designated person grow it for them. This created the reality of legal MGOs.The Marihuana Medical Access Regulations came into force in 2001, establishing a framework to allow access to marihuana by individuals suffering from grave or debilitating illnesses that cannot be relieved with conventional treatments.
Since 2001, Health Canada has issued some 12,000 licences, but these legal MGOs are not captured in any publicly accessible databases.
While the new regulations, the Marihuana for Medical Purposes
Regulations, which comes into force April 2014, will phase out Personal Use Production Licences and Designated Person Production Licences in favour of commercial producers, a trail of damaged homes will remain, and Canadians will have no way of knowing the history of these homes prior to purchase.
While legal, few medical MGOs comply with fire, building, plumbing, electrical codes and other regulations. They often contain the same safety and health risks as those outlined for illegal MGOs.
Once the personal use production licenses are phased out, do you think Health Canada should make public the addresses of these 12,000 grow-ops across Canada? Should Alberta Health Services be required to inspect those homes in their jurisdiction?
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