Cultivating cannabis: condo rules supersede legislation


Deborah Howden Head ShotGrowing weed at home may be legal under the Cannabis Act, but that doesn’t mean everyone can do it, especially those living in condos, Toronto condominium lawyer Deborah Howden tells NOW magazine.

Condo corporations have the power to create rules that prevent growers from “unreasonable interference with the use and enjoying of” an owner’s unit and the common elements in the building, says Howden, a partner with Shibley Righton LLP's Toronto office.

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Across Toronto, hundreds of condo boards have already banned both smoking and growing cannabis over concerns around the smell and mould that could form when growing the plants, she says.

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