Marijuana odours irk neighbours.

Residents turn up noses at marijuana odour

Venting an issue for legal growers

  • Sep. 7, 2011 6:00 a.m.

The pungent smell of marijuana plants is one that is becoming a little too familiar to some residents in Sooke.

RCMP Staff Sergeant Steve Wright said an issue has recently emerged in the community where people with medicinal marijuana licenses, issued by Health Canada, have been growing the plants and venting the smell outside—and neighbours have been complaining.

“They have the fans going for a certain period of time to vent all that moisture and heat in the house (into the atmosphere),” said Wright.

“If they vented late at night where there weren’t people outside, it might be a viable option. But to just vent on a warm summer day, people can’t sit outside and enjoy their property.”

Wright likened the act to a band practicing in a residential neighbourhood with loud instruments. He said residents have been looking to the RCMP for enforcement, but there is currently nothing to enforce.

Medea Mills is the bylaw enforcement officer for the District of Sooke, and said “the only bylaw that we have right now is the nuisance property bylaw.”

“Basically it covers any property that has been altered for (an illegal) marijuana grow up).”

The only thing that they can do now when a complaint is received is verify that the offending site is operating legally, and then offer suggestions to the grower.

“I mean it’s a licensed operation—we will give them ideas on how to better filter the odour, make sure that the building is (up to code). Other than that there’s not anything we can do,” said Mills.

Wright said he is going to make a recommendation “that the District of Sooke look at enacting a bylaw that makes people use filters and that sort of thing,” adding that there will be more cases popping up as more and more medical licenses are granted.

“If they don’t use a filter I’m asking them to be fined under the bylaw for not doing anything about it.”

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

View Royal fire chief calls for realistic solutions to ‘mess’ at Thetis Lake

Emergency crews harassed while extinguishing brush fire, rescuing drunk 15-year-old during long weekend calls

Greater Victoria woman goes on gratitude mission to thank first responders

Jen Klein fainted while driving and crashed on Pat Bay Highway in 2019

Non-venomous ball python missing in Vic West

Snake was reported missing to Victoria police Tuesday morning

Crews respond to medical incident on West Saanich Road

Incident appears to be cleared, witnesses say

B.C. records 146 new COVID-19 cases through long weekend

More that 28 people tested positive for the virus each day since Friday

Canucks tame Minnesota Wild 4-3 to even NHL qualifying series

J.T. Miller leads Vancouver with goal and an assist

COVID-19 vaccine efforts provide hope but no silver bullet to stop pandemic: Tam

There are more than two dozen vaccines for COVID-19 in clinical trials around the world

Two people die in propane heated outdoor shower near Princeton

Couple was attending a long weekend gathering

Study shines light on what makes LGBTQ+ youth feel safe in a community

The study goes beyond looking at school or family supports

Alberta to require masks at schools this fall, but still no mandate in B.C.

B.C. students are also set to return to classrooms in September

B.C. to allow customers to buy cannabis online for in-store pickup at private shops

Age verification will still be required inside the store

30% of British Columbians would ‘wait and see’ before taking COVID vaccine: poll

Some are concerned about side effects, while others don’t think the virus is a big deal

Most Read