When a property has been involved in drug production, it can pose serious health and safety risks resulting from mould, chemicals thrown out in the backyard, electrical fires and invasion by criminals looking for drugs, even if the property is no longer being used for drug production.
In BC, there are no provincial standards for the remediation and certification of properties that have been used to produce drugs. This means there are no consistent standards for what constitutes a safe, successful remediation, or for who is qualified to perform these services. Moreover, REALTORS®, mortgage brokers, insurance agents, contractors and potential homebuyers may not have access the property’s history.
BCREA recommends that the provincial government:
- Develop a centralised, consistent process for disclosure of property history information.
- Describe a healthy building, and then develop a centralised, consistent process for remediation of buildings used in drug operations, to ensure these buildings are safe.
- Define a “drug operation” in a meaningful way.
- Federal government plan to legalize and regulate cannabis
- BCREA submission to the federal government cannabis consultation (January 2018)
- BCREA submission to the BC Cannabis Regulation Engagement (October 2017)
- BCREA letter to the Honourable Bill Blair, MP regarding drug operations (March 2017)
- Remediation of Drug Production Properties in British Columbia (March 2016)
- Disclosing and Remediating Properties Used in Drug Operations in BC (April 2015)
- Towards Effective Responses to Protect the Future Occupants of Former Drug Production Properties in British Columbia (March 2015)