OREA supports grow-op registry bill

REM – Real Estate Magazine
24 January, 2011 8:12 AM
by Jim Adair

OREA supports grow-op registry bill

OREA is throwing its support behind a private member’s bill that would establish a marijuana grow operations and clandestine drug laboratory registry. Bill 139, Clandestine Drug Operation Prevention Act, 2010, was introduced by MPP Lisa MacLeod.

“Grow-ops are a major problem for homebuyers in the province and we have been urging the Ontario government to establish a registry to protect consumers for almost 10 years,” says Dorothy Mason, OREA president. “We urge the government to pass this bill in order to protect homebuyers.”

Realtors are obligated by law to disclose to potential homebuyers if a home has been used as a marijuana grow-operation or a drug lab, but OREA says Ontario Realtors are hindered by the lack of a central registry, which is crucial to protecting homebuyers from the potential health and safety hazards of properties formerly used to manufacturer clandestine drugs.

Bill 139 defines a clandestine drug operation to be an illegal operation where any substance listed in the schedules I through IV in the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act of Canada can be obtained by any method or process.

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