Marijuana Grow Ops in Manitoba
PART 1: Facts, Laws, and Effects
What is a marijuana grow op (MGO)?
Simply put, an MGO is a building that has been converted into or used as a nursery or hydroponics operation to cultivate (grow) marijuana (cannabis) plants.
Marijuana in Manitoba
Effective October 17, 2018, marijuana use is legal in Canada.
However, under Manitoba law, it is still illegal to grow any amount of marijuana for personal use without registration with Health Canada.
Despite legalization, illegal grow ops can still be found in communities across Manitoba, and there are likely many homes in the province that still bear the scars of marijuana production.
What effects can growing marijuana have on a home?
The damage caused to a home by the production of marijuana may depend on the scale of the grow operation. There may be little or no effect if a few plants were being grown for medicinal use, but there may have been significant damage if the home was used as a large-scale production site. It is always a good idea to find out if marijuana was cultivated in the home because it can be difficult to assess potential damage without a full understanding of the home’s history.
Damage to a home from a grow op can include toxic mould caused by excessive moisture, electrical and wiring problems that can be a serious fire hazard, plumbing problems, ventilation issues, and other improper renovations.
How can living in a home previously used to grow marijuana affect your health?
Living in a home used as a grow op can cause you or your family members to suffer from asthma and increases the chances of upper respiratory disease.
Because a home is likely to be the single most expensive purchase you make in your lifetime, and your family’s health is of the utmost importance, it is critical that real estate salespeople/brokers and the public are aware of their rights and responsibilities when buying or selling a home.