• Gale Spick, Realtor®

Greed Versus Consequences

The Legalization of Cannabis

Vancouver realtor talks marijuana damage in homes
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Cannabis describes any of different drugs that come from Indian hemp, including marijuana and hashish.

Regardless of the name, this drug is a hallucinogen -- a substance which distorts how the mind perceives the world we live in.

Some of the common side effects of using marijuana on a personal level are: panic, anxiety, lowered reaction time, increased heart rate and risk of heart attack, altered time perception, study difficulties, personality and mood changes, and tremors to name but a few.

The issue of marijuana may be one of the most heavily contested aspects of the addiction epidemic - i.e. whether or not it is harmful, addictive, good or bad for you.

One point that has definitely come-up in the media by police is that there may be a steady increase in drugged-driving deaths ensuing on the coattails of this legislation.

However, I am not only concerned for the harm it will do to the lives of our children, friends and neighbours but as a real estate agent, the cannabis legalization could become an even larger problem for home owners. I've included a two-minute informative video published to YouTube by a Toronto based real estate agent, which highlights these concerns.

Risks associated with the regular growing of cannabis include toxic mould, spores and fungus. People living in these surroundings with any sort of respiratory illness could be affected. The long term effects of exposure to mould and various chemicals have yet to be determined. However, these moulds can be damaging to human health by causing or aggravating immunological diseases such as hay fever, allergies, asthma, infections and even cancer.

Plus, the damage to the home or apartment is very well known to real estate agents who have encountered grow-ops across the country.

It is a sad commentary on our times that past homeowners have often done minor renovations to cover surface damage from grow-ops, and often with no proper inspection being done. This leaves the home buyer in a precarious condition and your "new home" has now become a major liability. There are also certain financial institutions who will not give one a mortgage on a grow-op home. And that also includes the legal growing of four marijuana plants at home. This is still considered a "grow op" by at least one major Canadian bank and mortgage lender as conveyed to a group of Sutton West Coast real estate agents in 2019.

On the surface, four plants can sound reasonable but the consequences can be myriad and significant.

My opinion is that greed took over in the legalization of cannabis and that the long term effects to the health, homes and environment of the citizens of Canada were apparently not even considered.

If an enemy of our country was found to be secretly drugging our population while ensuring that this same population was less able to care for themselves, their families or their country, this enemy would be taken to task in no small way.

I consider the politicians and investors who are pushing the growing and selling of this harmful drug are in a condition of treason to the citizens of Canada, as they have certainly betrayed my trust.

It is therefore extremely important in home buying that you use a real estate agent who will do the diligence to ensure you are not buying a home which has potential damage from a previous marijuana grow-op or meth lab.

(from the desk of Gale Spick, Metro Vancouver Realtor® )



Drug Prevention Network of Canada, 2019. Website:

Marijuana Grow Operations and Synthetic Drug Labs: What Realtors® Need to Know, by The Canadian Real Estate Association in cooperation with The Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Foundation for a Drug Free World, 2019. The Truth About Marijuana eBooklet available for download here:

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