The Union of BC Municipalities
(UBCM), a policy and lobbying organization representing the town and city
governments of British Columbia, is asking provincial officials to crack
down on the area's rapidly multiplying marijuana grow operations.
Meeting at its annual conference, the UBCM voted to endorse a resolution
calling on the provincial attorney general to seek legislation to stiffen
penalties for growing and selling marijuana, now one of BC's major growth
industries. The group also called for a "policing initiative" aimed
at grow ops and urged that property owners be held accountable for grow
ops run by their tenants.
The resolution, passed October
1, reads: "Therefore be it resolved that the Union of BC Municipalities
petition the Attorney General of the Province of British Columbia to pursue
legislative changes to seek harsher penalties for persons involved in the
growing and distribution of illegal drugs, and further that a specific
policing initiative be undertaken to actively eliminate the production
of illicit drugs; and be it further resolved that the Union of BC Municipalities
pursue changes to the Residential Tenancy Act to permit an owner to evict
a tenant engaged in the production of illicit drugs."
City officials from across
the province complained of high local police costs involved in cleaning
up grow ops. In Vancouver alone, police raid grow ops at the rate
of more than one a day and estimate there may be 10,000 in the city.
Commercial grows in residential areas have also been linked to robberies
and to murders -- of the grow operators -- and are blamed for causing fires
due to overloaded electrical circuits and other damages to rental properties.
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Issue #259, 10/18/02
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