Online survey for grow ops available until May
Provincial officials are hoping to crack down on the number of marijuana grow operations in the province.
Last month, Jonathan Denis, mister of justice and solicitor general, announced he is taking a stand against this illegal activity.
“Marijuana grow-ops pose a serious risk to the safety and health of Albertans, lead to increased organized criminal activity and are becoming a chronic presence throughout Alberta,” he said.
In Airdrie, the number of grow operations has been on the decline since 2010 when Airdrie RCMP first implemented the Crime Reduction Unit.
In 2010, nine were discovered; in 2011 seven were discovered; and in 2012, three.
“It’s not because we are finding less,” said Cpl. Darrin Turnbull, southern Alberta media relations for the RCMP. “I believe it is the Crime Reduction Unity has been instrumental in making Airdrie a city where criminals don’t want to go.”
He said operations are found from tips from the public and through general consultation.
The public can report “suspicious activity” by calling the local detachment at 403-945-7200 he said or calling the Airdrie RCMP drug tip line at 403-945-7222.
Until May, the public can also provide their input through a brief online survey and can email their stories about their experiences with grow-ops in their communities though the website, www.justice.alberta.ca and click on “safe communities” at the top of the page.
Calgary-South East MLA Rick Fraser will lead community and stakeholder consultations supported by a panel of subject matter experts over the next few months as well.
Stakeholders being asked for input include police, municipalities, fire officials, health, safety and building investigators and mortgage and real estate companies.
Discussions will focus on safety and health issues. Input from these consultations will be posted online allowing the public to comment to response to the consultations.