1. Further define the requirements for growing cannabis safely in homes
While growing cannabis will soon be legal for residents across the country, there is a lack of clarity in regards to how to do it right – that is, in a healthy and safe way for both you and your home.
We know that the Canadian and BC governments will allow up to four plants to be grown in a home, and that there will not be a height restriction for those plants.
Fraser Valley Realtors don’t want homeowners and purchasers to be left in the dark when it comes to the standard for healthy and safe growing, and are asking the federal and provincial governments for more substantial information to help people make smart choices.
2. Create a province-wide system for maintaining and accessing information on the status of illegal grow homes.
With clarity around what constitutes a legal grow home (four plants or less), we’re asking the province and our municipalities to establish a consistent process for distinguishing illegal ones.
Fraser Valley Realtors believe that it’s important that homebuyers can identify illegal grow homes and drug operations so they can make their purchase with the confidence that it is safe and healthy.
A province-wide registry for identified illegal grow homes, or a shared process across municipalities where the public could check the status of a home for illegal grow activity, would provide homebuyers (and the Realtors who support them) with the right information to make an informed decision before they buy.
If municipalities choose to create local by-laws or rules requiring legal grow homes to have a permit, Realtors ask that these requirements be reasonable and clearly explained, and that any person or Realtor can easily find out the status of any permits.
3. Outline a process whereby unsafe grow homes can be restored to healthy homes.
We’re calling on the BC government to implement province-wide standards to use to restore grow homes to healthy homes. Right now, even if you knew that a home was once a grow home, it’s difficult to determine whether any restoration work eliminated the health and safety risks or simply covered them up. Accepted standards and inspection certifications will provide clarity and comfort. And, ideally, address any lingering concerns for mortgage and insurance providers.
At the end of the day, more safe homes equal more safe homes for consumers to choose from. It’s a win, win!