Surrey – The Fraser Valley Real Estate Board (FVREB) launched Safe Grow Homes (SafeGrowHomes.ca), an online resource to help homeowners and buyers understand the potential impact of growing cannabis in a home.
Set to be legalized later this year, Canadians will be allowed to grow up to four cannabis plants in their home. Fraser Valley Realtors are concerned that without sufficient direction and support from government, their clients may unknowingly be at risk when it comes to their largest investment.
With Safe Grow Homes, the FVREB wants to provide greater context on the potential risks related to growing cannabis that homeowners and buyers could face, and provide a resource of information to help them make informed decisions.
“Right now, there is a significant lack of clarity and information surrounding legal growth in the home – especially in regards to what is considered a healthy, safe standard,” said John Barbisan, President of the Board. “Our government needs to ensure that the public is aware of and has access to guidelines, restrictions, and proper processes so that they can make smart decisions when it comes to cannabis.”
To help establish a framework where homeowners and those looking to purchase a home would have their investment protected, Fraser Valley Realtors have outlined three recommendations for government:
- Further define the requirements for growing cannabis safely in homes
- Create a province-wide system for maintaining and accessing information on the status of illegal grow homes
- Outline a process whereby unsafe grow homes can be restored to healthy homes
“Growing cannabis in the home will have a considerable impact on home ownership and the real estate landscape. Through more comprehensive support and policies from government, our clients will be able to feel confident that the home they own or want to buy is safe.”
For more information, visit SafeGrowHomes.ca.