Pot Problem: Island Homeowners Say Grow-Op Stench Is Devaluing Properties

CANADA:  Homeowners in a Vancouver Island community are raising a stink about a medical marijuana grow operation they say is driving down their property values.

Shawnigan Lake resident Neil Haley lives just 30 metres away from the licensed grow-op, which moved into the community just under two years ago.

Haley says the stench that emanates from the facility often infiltrates his family’s home.

“The smell, at times, is overwhelming. It gets on our clothes,” he said. “Our bedrooms are right there as well. It goes through the bedroom window, we can’t have that open.”