The gentle hum of whirring fans and the unmistakable smell of fresh cannabis drift through a garage at the back of a house on a quiet Calgary street.It’s legal but the woman behind the small grow-op is keeping things under wraps. She’s new here, on a month-to-month lease and — like many licensed home growers — she’s worried about the consequences of her landlord finding out.
It can be pretty scary. What if everybody finds out?” said the woman, whom CBC News has agreed not to name.Three years ago she was diagnosed with severe fibromyalgia and told she has a tumour on her spinal cord, leaving her with nerve pain and unable to work. She’s one of many Canadians who turned to growing their own cannabis for relief.A special grow tent houses four cannabis plants being grown legally but without the landlord’s knowledge. (Dan McGarvey/CBC)”We need to take the fear out of this.
If more landlords were told about how these things really work, there wouldn’t be such a big deal about it,” she said.”Educate, educate — get them into seminars, workshops, get people together and teach them what it’s really about, what they really need to know about this because I think they’re really just running off fear,” she continued, adding that growers also have a role to play in improving relationships. “We need to take landlords concerns seriously, too, this is their home, have some respect. Do it responsibly and set things up properly.”
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