Posted by: Tony Carson | 10 October, 2007

The polite politics of BC Bud

Woa, how polite is this?

A 2006 law allows British Columbia hydro to share its power consumption records with other authorities. And they take advantage of it.

A team of inspectors, including a firefighter, an electrician, an administrative employee and two policemen, visit from 70 to 80 homes a month.

Whose homes? Well, those showing power consumption levels that are about triple the average homeowner.

Why? Because there is a very good chance these homeowners are using their dwellings to grow BC Bud, a particularly potent form of cannabis which is said to be British Columbia’s main export. In fact, upwards of 20,000 people in the province grow the stuff and they use 6% of the province’s hydro to do so.

And that’s the problem. Oh, not that they’re growing the dope. No. But using so much power can tax the house wiring. As this AFP article reports “inspections often reveal serious problems in the electrical connections as a result of the high demands placed on them. According to the city, pot growers’ homes have a 24 times greater chance than the average home of catching fire and burning down.”

What about the dope? Ah, well, it isn’t there because part of the agreement is that the homeowners are given a 48 warning of the inspection so the forest of plants is relocated.

How civilized is that?

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