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Friday, October 07, 2005

Grow Ops

Grow Ops

REALTORS® across Alberta are well aware of the effects of marijuana grow operations on homes and real estate transactions. REALTORS® also see first hand the impact of grow ops on a community. Illegal grow operations lead to increased criminal activity and pose fire hazards and health risks, among other concerns.

REALTORS® are committed to improving Albertans’ Quality of Life and have joined forces with other community stakeholders to combat grow ops.

The Calgary Real Estate Board is a of the City of Calgary Steering Committee, STOP Marihuana Grow Ops! (MGOs). The coalition took the lead in Canada with a multi-stakeholder approach to crack down on grow ops. The Alberta Real Estate Foundation supports the efforts of the Stop MGOs! Calgary Coalition.

The Edmonton Real Estate Board is also involved in a community-based task force that includes the City of Edmonton, the Edmonton Police Service and Capital Health. Learn more at www.edmontondrugstrategy.com.

Grow ops can cause serious damage to properties depending on the size of the operation and length of time it was active. If you are thinking of buying a property, here are just a few of the red flags to look for that could indicate that the property was used as a grow op:

  • Mould
  • Signs of roof vents or alterations to fire places
  • Circular marks on the floor (from plant pots)
  • Unusual/modified wiring or evidence of tampering with the electric meter

    If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at sheldon@teamjohnston.com
    www.teamjohnston.com
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