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Realtors want pot disclosed

British Columbia a marijuana hot spot
Published on Feb 12, 2004

Marijuana grow operations in British Columbia have become so pervasive they may soon lead to special disclosures for people selling a house and quicker evictions for suspicious tenants. How big is the grow-op problem in B.C.? According to provincial Solicitor-General Rich Coleman, police in the Fraser Valley will raid 2,000 to 3,000 grow-ops this year. In neighboring Watcom County in northern Washington State, police deal with less than 15 such cases a year. Police estimate that between 15,000 and 20,000 homes are being used as marijuana grow operations across B.C.'s Lower Mainland. They say that, in some cases, homes formerly used as grow operations are the targets of criminals looking for marijuana. Coleman has called for a crackdown on the grow-ops, the most visible manifestations of a provincial pot industry that may be worth $15 billion to $20 billion a year. Realtors and landlords, however, are not waiting for government action, especially since the Provincial Legislature bu...

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