Bad news for Surrey medical grow-op owners

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New bylaw changes in Surrey will require medical marijuana growers to shut down their grow-ops and pay costly fees to bring their properties up to proper safety standards.

Property owners of medical grows are now required to pay for cleaning and/or restoration work to detect and prevent mold and other potential property damage.

Marijuana advocates say the bylaw is unfair, but some city officials disagree.

“I think it is fair,” said Surrey Coun. Barinder Rasode.

All of Surrey’s approximately 788 registered medical grow-ops are required to outsource their pot production to a licensed commercial grower and shut down their own grows by the end of April 2014. Complete remediation of the property must be completed at the owner’s expense within 6 months of the grow being shut down.

Growers are also facing an increase in the city’s fire safety inspection fee, from $4,038 to $5,263.

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