A medical marijuana grow-op in Surrey will be shut down after the facility caused damage to a neighbouring auto repair shop, according to Deputy Fire Chief Dan Barnscher.
Barnscher, who oversees the Electrical Fire Safety Program, said a cease-and-desist letter is being drafted for the owners of the 20,000-square-foot grow-op at 8675 130th St. following electrical and fire safety inspections last week.
The grow-op owners had reportedly been issued licences by Health Canada, but Barnscher said they did not have permits issued by the city.
"The city was there to do an inspection, and as I stated before, we will be requesting that they cease and desist," said Barnscher.
The grow-op, which moved in next door to Speedpro High Performance in December, had a major leak last month that damaged a wall shared by the businesses and flooded the repair shop.
According to Speedpro owner Tamer Salloum, the damaged wall allowed the smell of marijuana to waft into his business, causing some customers to believe that he and his employees were smoking pot.
Salloum added that the strata building that houses the 40-some units in the complex lost its insurance as a result of the flood, though Salloum's shop is insured at a cost of about $8,000 per year.
"Now (the complex has) no insurance, my building's damaged, my reputation's damaged and these guys are going to pretty much get away with it," he told the Now last week before the grow-op's inspections.