Emerging issues in cannabis: a look at home production for medicinal use in British Columbia
As of October 17, 2018, the Government of Canada has legalized the sale and consumption of cannabis for recreational use. Although marijuana has only recently become legal for those of majority age, local governments have been dealing with issues surrounding grow operations for some time now. Personal use production licenses have opened the door for home-based marijuana production facilities, and at the end of the 2017/2018 fiscal year, over 3,800 of those licenses were active in British Columbia (Health Canada, 2018c). Lack of regulatory monitoring around licensed medicinal grow operations have prompted concerns of health and safety. With restricted access to information and limited resources, local governments struggle to enforce bylaws and building regulations that aim to protect residents from these potential risks.