Pot grower loses human-rights fight for his kids 0
A medicinal-marijuana grow operation owner has lost his human-rights fight against the B.C. Ministry of Children and Family Development after his family was ordered out of their home over safety concerns.
Among the concerns cited by the ministry were potential mould and an unauthorized electrical set-up that could possibly endanger the child residents.
The man has obtained anonymity in a B.C. Human Rights Tribunal decision and it’s unclear exactly where he lives.
The case for him began when someone alerted the ministry last November that three children — ages 11, 16 and 14-months — were at risk because “the complainant and his wife were producing marijuana in their home, were either giving away or selling marijuana and had spoken about being connected with the Hells Angels.”
The allegations are not findings of fact.
The following day, ministry social workers visited the house and determined there were possible ventilation issues that concerned mould and air quality. In addition, an un-permitted electrical set-up in the basement, with hanging electrical boxes and wires, were a fire hazard.
“The ministry states that … the decision was taken that the children could not remain in that residence and that it would be appropriate to enter into a safety-plan agreement,” according to the decision.
The man, who suffers from a degenerative disc disease and uses marijuana for his pain, said the ministry made “negative character assumptions” about him. He added he suffered by having to stay at a hotel for several days, triggering neck pains from sleeping on an air mattress.
“The complainant’s views have little support beyond speculation,” the tribunal said in dismissing his case.
“I note that the ministry was not at liberty to ignore the (phoned-in) report.”