Grow Op Free Alberta Final Recommendations Report

Steps to be taken to protect communities against residential grow-op dangers.

Far from being a harmless activity, residential marijuana grow operations create significant safety and health hazards for the entire community, even after they’re dismantled.

Following a four-month consultation with stakeholders and the public, the Alberta government has accepted 37 recommendations that outline actions to address the health, safety and remediation challenges residential grow ops pose to current inhabitants, future homebuyers and the community as a whole.

The issues around grow operations are complex. Government can move quickly on a number of the recommendations, while others will take more preparation and work with stakeholders before they can be implemented.

With the acceptance of the Grow Op Free Alberta Final Recommendations Report, Alberta is leading the way among other provinces to create a more coordinated approach to deal with the issues related to residential grow operations.

Grow Op Free Alberta Final Recommendations Report

Marijuana Grow Op (MGO) Report Recommendations - 74 KB  Download Adobe Acrobat Reader  

Stakeholder consultations

The Alberta government hosted public and stakeholder consultations between February and May 2013 with a broad range of community and ministry groups including:

  • police agencies
  • municipalities
  • fire officials
  • health, safety and building investigators
  • utility companies
  • mortgage and real estate companies, and
  • other organizations

A panel of experts provided advice to Honourable Rick Fraser, Associate Minister of Recovery and Reconstruction of High River, and Associate Minister of Public Security, during the consultations and in preparation of the recommendations.

The consultations focused on issues relating to safety and health, remediation, cost recovery, electricity theft and privacy as they relate to marijuana grow operations. These issues are within provincial jurisdiction. Legalizing grow ops and other issues that fall under the Criminal Code of Canada were outside the scope of the consultations.

Grow Op Free Alberta Consultation Report: What Was Heard - 914 KB  Download Adobe Acrobat Reader  

Grow op stats

Note: Maps courtesy of the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT)

How to spot a grow op

How to identify a grow op - this link opens in a new window.

Who to contact

If you suspect a marijuana grow operation in your community, call your local police or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.