As Able Auctions prepares to put over a million-dollars worth of marijuana grow operation equipment up for bid the NDP’s Public Safety critic has some questions.
Mike Farnworth says the equipment should be tracked to ensure that it continues to be used for legal marijuana grow operations.
Farnworth says police should have the ability to track the equipment and know who bought it and what it is being used for.
“There needs to be a way to track this stuff so that you can ensure that yes if it was being used legally that it continues to be used in a legal manner and is not going to be used in illegal drug production. Police should have the ability to track and know who purchasing it and where it is going.”
See some of the gear on auction
He points to what both Washington State and Oregon are doing.
“They have a system of monitoring literally from seed to destruction of the plant and for everything that goes in and everything that comes out they have to account for. I don’t see any reason why you wouldn’t have the same thing with equipment particularly if it is specialized equipment used in the case of a grow op particularly a legal one.”
Nothing proprietary to growing marijuana
For its part Able Auctions says all the grow op equipment hitting the auction block are all available on the open market.
Jeremy Dodd says they don’t track the equipment and there is not much point in doing so.
“There’s nothing that we are selling here that is proprietary to growing marijuana, you can grow cucumbers, lettuce, all we are talking about is high powered light bulbs that can be purchased anywhere and used to grow anything.”
The equipment from a now closed legal grow operation in Richmond will be auctioned off on Thursday.