Editorial, Globe and Mail
Unreasonable searches of homes, without judicial warrants, continue in several British Columbia municipalities. As a semi-random method for looking for marijuana grow-ops, routine inspections – typically with RCMP officers in the background, ready to pounce – have been diverted from their proper purposes. High electricity bills are being treated as grounds for suspicion that a criminal business is being carried on in a household. Read more »
By Kathy Tomlinson, CBC News
A B.C. man who raises tropical fish said his home and privacy were invaded when local enforcement agencies knocked on his door while looking for a marijuana grow operation, and then forced him to pay for an electrical inspection and upgrade his fish-tank operation.
“I felt violated,” said Mike Baynes, 67, from Surrey, B.C. “When they came in here and saw no grow-op, I think they should have said ‘I’m sorry Mike,’ and then turned around and walked out.”
Baynes is one of 128 Surrey residents who don’t have grow operations, but were nevertheless subjected to searches and electrical repair orders in recent months because they use a lot of hydro. Read more »
BY ELAINE O'CONNOR, THE PROVINCE
Surrey wants Health Canada to change its medical marijuana law to compel growers to obtain city bylaw licenses.
Council endorsed a resolution Monday night to put forward a resolution at this year’s UBCM conference to get the federal government to tighten medical marijuana regulations at the municipal level.
Surrey recently passed a bylaw to require growers to register at city hall and obtain permits, not only to ensure community safety, but to make it easier for RCMP to distinguish legal from illegal marijuana grow operations.
The city wants to ensure that growers get local permits that ensure safety regulations are met before getting federal approval to begin operations. Read more »
By: Lara Fominoff, News 1130
SURREY (NEWS1130) - If you have a medical marijuana permit, grow your own plants and live in Surrey, you will soon have some new rules to follow.
Mayor Dianne Watts says it's all about public safety. "They shouldn't be in residential areas, they need to be in other areas."
Until now, Watts says there were no rules on where people could grow their pot plants, or what safety precautions need to be taken.
"So you don't have the dispensaries, stand alone dispensaries, you don't have those, the production of medicinal marijuana within neighborhoods. There's got to be some criteria in terms of just fire safety issues." Read more »
By Charlie Smith, Georgia Straight
Surrey mayor Dianne Watts often receives fawning media coverage, but sometimes the truth slips through.
This is one of those days.
The City of Surrey will escalate its money-losing war on drugs and create a stigma for residents who are eligible to use medicinal marijuana.
That's because council has endorsed a proposed bylaw requiring licensed medical-marijuana consumers and growers to register for permits from the city.
Yes, sick people in Surrey could soon be forced to disclose to city hall that they're ill.
According to the proposed bylaw, if they don't, the gendarmes will fine people no less than $100 and no more than $5,000, plus the cost of prosecution. Read more »
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