‘What kind of grandfather needs 140 plants?’: Neighbours fed up with dozens of medical marijuana grow-ops


People living in several north Winnipeg neighbourhoods say they have become prisoners in their own homes since their neighbours sold their houses to new owners who have turned them into medical marijuana grow operations. “The smell is horrific,” Calisto-Tavares owns her own business and, like many, is now working from home because of the COVID-19 pandemic. She and her husband started going for daily walks around the neighbourhood in March and began to notice a strong odour around certain homes, she said. “It’s a drug house, that’s why the windows are all blocked off,” said a man in his 70s who lives next to a $350,000 bungalow on a quiet street. “The police said there was 140 plants. What kind of grandfather needs 140 plants?”

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