It may be legal in much of Canada to grow four cannabis plants, but that takes months. As growers across Canada are learning, stealing them is a lot faster.
- Thefts are occurring all over, aided by the strong smell of flowering plants.
- The good news is plant thefts are covered under home insurance, with coverage depending on the company. In London, Ontario, police even managed to return stolen plants to their rightful owner after the thief dropped a backpack containing his ID.
In Oshawa, a resident confronted two men stealing his plants at 3:45am, only to have them stab him. He was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.
- Growing outdoors in a residential neighbourhood has other risks: Canadians for Fair Access to Medical Marijuana’s Dan Goulet reported his plants were pollinated by neighbours who didn’t recognize male plants. Goulet said, “Growing outdoor in Canadian suburbs in 2009 seems to be yielding similar results as growing outdoor in Canadian suburbs in 1975.”
- Cannabis aquaponics (growing in water used in fish farming) is still in early days—after only two LPs have received aquaponics licenses, Habitat Craft Cannabis became Canada’s first craft aquaponics licensee.
- Hemp growers in PEI are asking Ottawa to be allowed to grow high-CBD hemp plants, which they say would make them competitive with US counterparts.