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,” said Eddie Calisto-Tavares.
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.
“We thought it was winter and probably the skunks are hibernating,” she said.
“I started talking to neighbours and they said, ‘Well, that’s not skunks. That’s pot or marijuana.’ I said, ‘What? Well, why would it be smelling?’ And they said, ‘Because they’re growing it in our neighbourhoods,'” Calisto-Tavares said.
Land title permits pulled
CBC News knocked on the doors of 36 homes suspected of housing medical marijuana grow-ops. Most appeared…