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marijuana grow operation remediation

Alterations to a building from a MGO may include tapping into the hydro lines before the electrical meter to steal electricity, installing high-wattage lights, removing structural walls, disturbing plumbing lines, building irrigation systems and re-directing exhaust ducts to increase the amount of carbon dioxide in the growing area. Pesticides and insecticides are used to address fungal diseases and insect infestations that the crop may develop. Large amounts of fertilizers are used to increase crop yields and promote flowering at the correct time.

The city has requested that air quality testing is required in a former marijuana grow operation. What does this involve?

After police/Hazmat conduct initial sweep, the homeowner or third party is responsible for the clean-up of the property. Remediation may include drywall removal, carpet removal, sanding of wood framing and duct cleaning. However, we can help you with the remediation and the request for the occupancy permit back from the city.

What is the best approach to remediate a former MGO?

The high humidity, high temperatures, and constant use of water necessary for a grow room can lead to the formation of damaging mould on building materials. The chemicals used in the production of marijuana, such as pesticides and fertilizers can be left on surfaces inside the residence.

A person who is convicted of an offence under subsection 17(1) of this bylaw is liable to a minimum fine of $500 and a maximum fine of $100,000 as provided for in subsection 429(3), paragraph 1, of the Municipal Act, 2001.

“building” means any structure used or intended for supporting or sheltering any use or occupancy;

The Director is authorized to administer and enforce this by-law and is authorized to execute the provisions of this by-law including the imposition of conditions and requirements relating to a property, as may be required to ensure compliance with this by-law.

A person who is convicted of an offence under subsection 17(2) of this bylaw is liable, for each day or part of a day that the offence continues, to a minimum fine of $500 and a maximum fine of $10,000. The total of all daily fines for the offence is not limited to $100,000 as provided for in subsection 429(3), paragraph 2, of the Municipal Act, 2001.

Section 18

Subject to compliance with Sections 435, 436 and 437 of the Municipal Act, 2001, an Officer may enter in or onto a property at any reasonable time for the purpose of carrying out an inspection to determine compliance with this by-law, an Order issued under this by-law, or an Order made pursuant to s. 431 of the Municipal Act, 2001 in respect of a contravention of this by-law.

“Director” means the director of Building Code Services in the Department of Planning and Growth Management, or authorized delegates;

This by-law may be referred to as the “Marijuana Grow Operation Remediation by-law”.

Section 6

WHEREAS Section 447.2 of the Municipal Act, 2001, provides that upon receipt of a notice in writing to the municipal Clerk from a police force advising that a building contained a marijuana grow operation, the municipality shall ensure that an inspection is conducted of the building within a reasonable time frame and shall take whatever actions authorized by law in order to make the building safe and otherwise to protect the public;

ENACTED AND PASSED this 14th day of November, 2012.