BC Landlords Seek Ban on Cannabis Use in Rental Housing

With federal legalization now just around the corner, landlords fight to ban the use and growth of cannabis in their rental properties.
Categories: Business Insurance, Personal Insurance
Jan 31st, 2018 | By: CapriCMW

As recreational marijuana is set to be legalized across Canada, landlords are fighting for the right to prohibit smoking and growing marijuana in rental units. According to proposed federal legislation, Canadians will be legally permitted to possess and smoke cannabis in their homes and may grow up to four plants for personal use.

Individual provinces and territories will be responsible for regulating the sale and distribution of cannabis along with determining where it can be consumed. In BC, landlords are calling for the provincial government to follow the lead of Quebec and ban growing in private homes for recreational use. LandlordBC, a professional association that represents owners and managers of rental housing, is lobbying for provincial legislation to ban smoking cannabis in rental housing altogether.

The concerns raised by LandlordBC for smoking and growing cannabis in rental housing, particularly in multi-unit residential buildings, include:

  • risk of mould and structural damage from high humidity and modified electrical wiring
  • use of hazardous chemicals such as pesticides inside units
  • strong odours affecting neighbouring units and residents
  • liability for the landlords
  • cancellation of building insurance

The Government of BC announced in December plans for legalization including:

  • a minimum age for consumption of 19
  • sales to be allowed through private and public retail stores
  • wholesale distribution to be run by the government's Liquor Distribution Branch

The government has yet to release its plans for regulating consumption and growth for recreational users.

Recent Blog Posts

Business Insurance / Winery, valuation
Is Your Winery Properly Valuated?

How to ensure your winery is properly valuated and insured

May 16th, 2018 | By: CapriCMW
Personal Insurance / Home Insurance, home renovation, historic home, heritage home
The Challenge of Insuring an Older or Historic Home

Owning an older or historic home can be both highly rewarding and extremely challenging at the same…

May 10th, 2018 | By: CapriCMW
Personal Insurance / motorcycle
CapriCMW's Best Motorcycle Trips in BC and Beyond: Part 3

CapriCMW 's passionate motorcyclists share the stories of their favourite overnight trips and their…

Apr 25th, 2018 | By: CapriCMW
Search the Blog
photo-10.jpg

Confidence and Freedom

At CapriCMW, we provide personalized insurance and custom risk solutions to give you the confidence and freedom to focus on what matters to you. Talk to an Advisor or get a quote today.

Get a Quote    Or call 1-800-670-1877

Can’t find what you are looking for? Ask us!