GROW-OP BYLAW GETS YEAR-LONG TRIAL
A North Cowichan bylaw meant to put the kibosh on marijuana grow operations and drug laboratories in rental properties in the area will have a year of implementation before municipal staff take another look at its merits.
The bylaw, which was implemented in February, requires landlords to inspect their properties once every six months to ensure they are not being used for illegal purposes.
Councillor George Seymour said property owners told him the inspection visits were too costly to conduct, especially for landlords who do not live in the area.
Councillor Anne Murray echoed his sentiments.
"Irresponsible landlords are asking for everything they get," said Murray.
"Responsible owners should be aware of who their tenants are and what they are doing with the property," Murray continued.
However, North Cowichan mayor Jon Lefebure told those assembled for the July 18 meeting he would rather his district be viewed as onerous where drug issues are concerned.
Ladysmith Chronicle (CN BC)
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