Alberta REALTORS® Support Legislation to Protect Albertans from Grow-Ops
Edmonton, AB – May 8, 2014 - The government’s newly released “Grow-Op Free Alberta Recommendations” report, concerning proposed legislation to combat the ill effects of marijuana grow operations on Albertans, their homes and neighbourhoods, was met with applause by Alberta REALTORS®, Alberta real estate boards and the Alberta Real Estate Association (AREA).
Released May 2nd by Justice Minister Jonathan Denis, the report includes recommendations concerning the health, safety and remediation of former marijuana grow-operations, all of which were accepted by government. The report is based, in part, on a 2013 province-wide public consultation in which numerous Alberta REALTORS® participated.
Greg Steele of the REALTORS® Association of Edmonton commends Justice Minister Jonathan Denis for accepting all 37 recommendations in the report, including those for provincial air quality standards – something for which Alberta REALTORS® have been advocating for several years. “Albertans need to be protected in the event a property becomes “sick” after re-habitation due to the reoccurrence of mold or other toxins,” says Steele. “Guidelines are also needed for properties that fail remediation standards, so they don’t become blights on our communities.”
“These recommendations are a step in the right direction, and we look forward to the creation of much needed legislation on this issue,” says AREA President Brad Kopp. He notes that devastation to homes resulting from the 2013 floods in Alberta has only reinforced the need for provincial air quality and remediation standards. “Compromised air quality can adversely affect the health of homeowners and tenants, whether from illegal drug activity or other causes, such as flooding,” says Kopp, adding that “homes that fail remediation need to be dealt with appropriately so that they don’t attract crime or otherwise negatively impact neighbourhoods.” “Our objective is for Albertans to be assured that they are safe within the walls of their own homes and that the integrity of our communities is maintained.”
Rick Fraser, Associate Minister of Public Safety, led the work that resulted in the “Grow-Op Free Alberta” report, available for viewing at the Government of Alberta’s website or on AREA’s website.
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The Alberta Real Estate Association (AREA) is the provincial professional association for Alberta REALTORS®, providing advocacy, resources, tools and support. AREA represents more than 10,000 REALTORS® and 10 real estate boards province-wide.