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BCREA’s Position on Drug Operations

When a property has been involved in drug production, it can pose serious health and safety risks to the public resulting from mould, chemicals thrown out in the backyard, electrical fires and invasion by criminals looking for drugs, even if the property is no longer being used for drug production. It’s important for members of the public to be informed if a property they are interested in moving into was ever identified as having a history of drug production. Unfortunately, there is no consistency across the province on how municipalities make this information available, nor is there a provincial standard of remediation for buildings used to produce drugs.

BCREA Recommends the Provincial Government:

  • Develop a centralised, consistent process for disclosure of property history information.
  • Describe a healthy building, and then develop a centralized, consistent process for remediation of buildings used in drug operations, to ensure these buildings are safe for people.
  • Define a "drug operation" in a meaningful way.

Government action 

  • In April 2017, the federal government announced its intention to legalize and regulate cannabis by July 2018. More information.
  • In October 2017, the provincial government held a public consultation on how to regulate cannabis in BC. In February 2018, the government announced that BC will allow adults to grow up to four cannabis plants per household, but the plants must not be visible from public spaces off the property. Home cultivation of non-medical cannabis will be banned in dwellings used as day cares. In addition, landlords and strata councils will be able restrict or prohibit home cultivation. Read more.



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