City wants Health Canada to provide legal grow locations

Council will ask UBCM to lobby senior government for addresses

On April 1

On April 1

The city is hoping the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) will endorse a plan to petition Health Canada to provide addresses for all grow operations licensed in the city.

Each year, UBCM asks municipalities for resolutions, and if endorsed at the annual convention, give UBCM the mandate to lobby senior government on the issues.

As the country shifts to commercial grow-ops instead of personal home production for medical marijuana, many municipalities are concerned about ensuring homes formerly used for grow-ops are properly remediated.

Health Canada does not release the addresses of legal grows to ensure patient privacy.

Council plans to send their resolution to UBCM for consideration, explaining that the lack of addresses makes it difficult to ensure the safety of residents.

A report from staff states that while the city knows of about 120 locations, they believe there to be about 800. Staff has concerns that although grow-ops must shut down by April 1, some residents may not comply and they would like to be able to inspect the homes to ensure public safety.