Realtor frets about pot damage to homes

Legalizing marijuana could mean people more people will grow pot, which may hurt real estate sales, say city and national realty ­officials.

The looming federal legislation to legalize cannabis use also states people can grow up to four plants at home. But each pot plant can grow to more than six feet and yield four crops a year, posing a risk of water and mold damage inside a home, said Costa Poulopoulos, a London realtor who also is director of the Ontario region for the Canadian Real Estate Association and a board member of the Ontario Real Estate Association - writes lfpress.com.

“There will be consequences of growing marijuana in homes. It does not sound like a lot, only four plants, but they can do a lot of damage,” said Poulopoulos.

“It’s really a mini grow-op.”

Considering the height of the plants and potential number there is a risk of damage to the homes considering the amount of water and heat required, he said.

What is needed are guidelines from Ottawa that demand those growing pot in their homes disclose what was done in the home and if there is damage, or steps to remediate, he said.

“Grow-ops have infrastructure consequences and there are no standards on how to remediate. no registry for damaged properties,” said Poulopoulos.

Realtors are seeing potential home buyers walk away from a property if marijuana has been grown there even if it is legal, for medical use for example, he ­added.

“There is a problem with stigma, but there may also be an issue with mold and air quality issues. If a buyer has a young family, they will have concerns,” said Poulopoulos.

A task force appointed by the Canadian government to study the legalization of marijuana recommended each person of legal age can grow up to four plants at home. It also recommended a height restriction on plants but that has since been removed, although some provinces are implementing their own.

The Canadian Real Estate Association is lobbying the federal government to include requirements that a home seller must disclose if pot was grown in the house, and create standards for remediation if there has been damage, said Randall McCauley, vice-president of government and public relations at the Canadian Real Estate Association.

There will be further government hearings on the issue before July, when cannabis use is expected to be made legal, and the association will be at the table, he said.

“We are looking for them to address this issue somehow. The legislation is good at dealing with the consequences of illegal distribution but on home growing, it is silent,” he said.

“There has to be consequences. There has to be a penalty.”

Unlike some other plants grown indoors, cannabis requires heat and a lot of moisture, making conditions ideal for damage to the infrastructure of a home.

He also fears that when plants are mature, they can give off a smell that can linger in a home and turn off home buyers.

“It is super humid, super damp,” where cannabis is grown, McCauley said.

Anne McLellan, a former Liberal cabinet minister, was chairperson of the task force.

“Governments needs to take a look at this at all levels,” said Poulopoulos. “We are looking for direction and clarity. It has fallen under the radar.”

Now, some cannabis users are allowed to grow plants at home, as long as it is for medical use and they have approval from Health Canada, said Crystal Ramdharry, medical supervisor for Bodystream Medical Marijuana Services on Wharcnliffe Road in London.

“We have physicians approving grow-your-own through Health Canada. It is something that can be managed, as long as people are only allowed to grow so much,” said Ramdharry.

Health Canada restricts the amount that can be grown, depending on the applicant’s needs, but most are in the two to four plants range, she said .

Bodystream assists applicants on how to apply to Health Canada, she added.

Marijuana legalization

  • Marijuana set to become legal July1, 2018.
  • Must be 19 years old or older to buy, use or grow marijuana.
  • To start, marijuana to be sold from 40 stores in Ontario run by the Liquor Control Board of Ontario, including one in London.
  • Can’t use marijuana in public places, at the office, or in vehicles.
  • Proposed excise tax would add $1 a gram of marijuana or 10 per cent of producer’s sales price; sales tax calculated on top of that.


    Read also more news of London on our city guide.
Marijuanalegalization London legalizecannabis
If you notice an error, highlight the text you want and press Ctrl + Enter to report it to the editor
4 views in december
I recommend
No recommendations yet

Comments

Post your comment to communicate and discuss this article.

Society
Protesters will march through central London for a pro-Brexit rally backed by English Defence League founder Tommy Robinson and Ukip's leader. Several thousand people are expected to descend on the streets of the capital this Sunday to demand that there is no “betrayal” over Britain’s exit from the European Union. The rally will take place just three days before parliament’s crucial vote on Theresa May's deal. Almost 4,000 people have said they are going o...
Society
Westminster council has launched an inquiry into discrimination and “body-shaming” at nightclubs in the heart of the capital. Officials have revealed a “task group” has been created to look into the problem following recent reports of discriminatory door policies, including at exclusive clubs in areas such as Mayfair. Body image and anti-discrimination campaigners today welcomed the move after a series of cases of alleged racism and “fat-shaming” were high...
Society
A teenager has been stabbed to death in south-east London. Police were called at about 21:40 GMT to Topham House in Prior Street, Greenwich, following reports a man was unresponsive after being stabbed. The 18-year-old died at the scene. A 17-year-old boy has been arrested in connection with the death and taken to a police station for questioning. More than 120 murder investigations have been launched across London this year. Image captionPolice have cordo...
Society
Thames Water said the Beast from the East and summer heatwave had an impact on its ability to meet leakage targets as it reported interim pre-tax profits crashing to £67.7 million from £218.5 million a year ago. The water company also revealed the extreme weather sent complaints soaring as it battled supply interruptions, with written customer complaints jumping to 11,083 in the half-year to September 30 from 8,242 a year earlier. Thames Water was ordered...
Society
A British tourist has gone missing in New Zealand, sparking an international appeal for help from her family. Grace Millane was last seen in Auckland on Saturday night (Dec 1), and has not been in contact with her family since - despite her 22nd birthday being on Sunday. Her family, from Basildon in Essex, have alerted the British Embassy in New Zealand and reported her missing to police in Auckland, as well as sharing 'missing' posters on social media. De...
Society
The main reason for sickness absence in the London Fire Brigade is now stress, anxiety and depression, Commissioner Dany Cotton has said. LFB has seen a "small increase" in the number of days taken off as sick leave over the last three years, Ms Cotton, the brigade's most senior firefighter, said. It is the first time mental health has been the leading cause of the absences, she told the London Assembly on Thursday. LFB employed four extra counsellors foll...
Incidents
A 77-year-old woman who collapsed while calling police to report a burglary at her home is critically ill in hospital. She dialled 999 on Monday to report intruders had forced their way into her home in Bells Hill, High Barnet, north-east London, and stolen property. During the call, the police operator heard her collapse. Paramedics arrived and she was taken to hospital, where her family remains at her bedside. Scotland Yard said its Homicide and Major Cr...
Society
A medieval skeleton wearing a pair of thigh-high leather boots has been found during excavations for London's new sewer. The skeleton was discovered face down in mud at the Chambers Wharf site in Bermondsey during work to create the Thames Tideway Tunnel. Archaeologists believe the man may have died during the late 15th Century while carrying out work near the river. MOLA Headland Infrastructure said it was a "rare" and "fascinating" find. The consortium i...
Society
Christmas lights in an upmarket shopping street were taken down after just three days by council inspectors who branded them a “death trap”. The decorations were put up in Primrose Hill by Jonny Bucknell, the son of the UK’s first DIY television star Barry Bucknell, with a switch-on ceremony on Sunday by model Jo Wood, ex-wife of Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie, and singer-songwriter Collette Cooper. But on Wednesday, Camden council bosses removed and impo...