When it comes to legally growing cannabis at home, the federal regulations could be a challenge to comprehend. Experts answer three widely anticipated queries that homeowners and tenants could potentially face–queries that were also the point of discussion at Cannabis Living Expo that took place in Toronto last year–and how best to deal with them.
If the landlord damages a tenant’s plants during an inspection, the tenant should have recourse through his or her provincial landlord and tenant board, says Matt Maurer, a partner and vice-chair of the Cannabis Law Group at Torkin Manes in Toronto.
A landlord has the responsibility not to cause any damage to a tenant’s property, but if he or she does so, the landlord should be expected to provide the tenant with some level of compensation. “In such cases,” Maurer says, “cannabis should be treated no differently than any other property. For instance, if your landlord is in your apartment and knocks over a lamp and breaks it, they’re responsible for paying to replace or repair it. The same thing goes with cannabis plants. Whether it’s intentional or not, if a landlord somehow damages your legally
–grown cannabis plants, they may be forced to compensate for the damage caused to your private property,” he explains.