Growing marijuana at home likely to increase fire risk


    Halifax’s deputy fire chief says the department is looking ahead to the legalization of marijuana and anticipating an increased risk of fires from people growing and smoking pot at home. Deputy fire chief Roy Hollett told CBC’s Information Morning that the department has already dealt with fires that have been caused by illegal growing operations. “Fortunately we’re versed in it, but we’re just going to see more of it,” he said. In its review of federal marijuana legislation, the Canadian Senate suggested a number of amendments, including that the federal government grant provinces the authority to ban home cultivation of marijuana.  On Wednesday, the federal government indicated that it would accept most of the amendments, but was rejecting the change that would give provinces the power to ban growing cannabis at home. Pot legalization battle brewing as government rejects key Senate change Hollett said that after talking to his peers in jurisdictions like Colorado, where marijuana is legal, he is aware that home cultivation has brought increased risks.    “Someone’s taking a home now and trying to build a modified greenhouse in a bedroom or room that’s not built for that,” he said. Hollett said as far as building codes in the HRM are concerned, the municipality has some catching up to do when it comes to addressing marijuana cultivation in homes. Growing marijuana at home likely to increase fire risk

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