A 2015 Calgary map showing former and recently discovered illegal drug operations in Calgary and area. Click http://www.mapcustomizer.com/map/vostner-bell-realty-team-map-of-calgary-grow-ops-up-to-2015 for an interactive version.
Please understand that the map is not considered a complete list of all active or former grow-ops in the Calgary area and the information is not guaranteed updated or accurate nor warranted to be so.
Finding Out If A Calgary Home Is A Former Grow Op. Why Is It So Hard?
A potential buyer asked me, "How can I tell if a home was a grow-op?"
It used to be pretty easy. People could search online databases, real estate professionals could pay a small fee and do a current title search or you could even ask the homeowner.
How things have changed.
Major government websites listing the addresses of former grow-ops have disappeared in recent months and years. In some municipalities across Canada, homeowners of a grow-op can apply to have the health inspection order (eg. grow-op label) discharged from title once a home has been remediated. Topping it all, if a property has been professionally remediated, a seller is not required to disclose that the property was a former grow-op.
(*Oxford Dictionary says: remediated - the action of remedying something, in particular of stopping or reversing environmental damage.)
Why the change? One word: stigma.
Advocates and property owners of former grow-ops have successfully championed their cause about the stigma attached to a home that was once a marijuana grow operation or had illegal drug operations on the premises. People argue that once a property has been professionally remediated, they are as healthy or even newer than neighbouring homes down the street.
For the other side, remediation efforts after the floods of 2005 and 2013 floods in Southern Alberta and more specifically, in the Calgary area, have shown why "healthier and newer" is not always the case. Although I didn't personally see any examples, there are stories from lawyers, home inspectors and real estate professionals of properties in and around Calgary and High River that were remediated and passed inspection, only to have visible mould return in occasional cases.
Most people seem to agree that it is unfortunate that there is no longer an easy source of information regarding former grow-op homes.
Alberta Health Services has a link that shows ACTIVE inspection orders on properties reported to have had illegal drug operations but properties are deleted regularly once remediated or discharged. It can be found below:
Below is a Calgary grow-op map of the local area with data from the Calgary Health Region and Alberta Health Services of properties reported to have had illegal drug operations. Please note that the map below is not a complete list of all active and former grow-ops in the Calgary area and the information is not guaranteed updated or accurate nor warranted to be so.