The ins and outs of marijuana grow-operations will be discussed at a public meeting September 20 at the Edgemont Centre. The Community Safety Initiative meeting will host a panel of police, activists, legal experts, realtors and politicians to talk about the scope of grow-ops in Calgary, what happens to a grow-op’s real estate value and that of adjacent homes, how to report one and how they may be prevented.
Ward 4 Ald. Gael MacLeod will be at the meeting to discuss the city’s role in the problem. She says the municipal government has already shortened the time period before a busted grow-op house must be rehabilitated, but believes the city can do more, particularly in regards to prevention.
“We know that criminals don’t like to be in communities where neighbours know neighbours, neighbours talk to neighbours. And if there’s one house in the neighbourhood that’s not being part of the community then you know there’s something going on there. And so how can we help communities engage?”
Macleod believes the city and affiliated agencies can help communities become more cohesive, and therefore safer. The September 20 meeting is at 7:30 p.m., Edgemont Centre, 33 Edgevalley Circle N.W.