Destroys Cannabis Odors

Destroys Cannabis Odors

People in Gatineau, Que., aren’t the only ones in Canada frustrated with the skunky stink from nearby cannabis grow operations.

Production facilities have continued to pop up since the drug was legalized across the country last year. Still, some of their new neighbours aren’t pleased with the smell.

Licensed producers are obligated to “prevent odours and other annoyances and pollutants from emanating from their premises,” and the regulations to that effect are “quite strict,” he said.

But not all producers are heeding them.

In Gatineau, the smell from a Hexo plant has become so intolerable that Virginie Roussin no longer hangs her laundry out to dry or leaves her windows open.

“Last Sunday, we opened a bit of my son’s room, and we closed the door. Afterwards, when we came back at night, it was like we smoked a joint in the room,” she said.

CBC Radio’s Ottawa Morning reached out to some municipalities west of Ottawa also dealing with the same problem.

Rich Coleman, the MLA for Langley East in B.C., said four cannabis facilities are causing a big stink in two communities.

“It is actually terrible. I have one family where the wife … leaves home up to four times a week to go stay with a relative because of the migraine headaches that the odour is bringing forward,” he said.

“Somebody has to step up and either shut these places down or make them get their act together because if they’re allowed to go on and not be enforced. It will continue to be a large problem.”