Appeal Court turns out lights on B.C. program targeting grow ops

VANCOUVER — The B.C. Court of Appeal has ruled a law allowing city electrical inspectors to search houses for marijuana growing operations without warrants violates the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Five members of the court sided with appellant and Hells Angel associate Jason Cyrus Arkinstall in overturning two parts of the Safety Standards Act as unconstitutional.

Chief Justice Lance Finch wrote that the home sits at the top of a “hierarchy of places” in which people have a reasonable expectation of privacy. The inspections cross the line, he said.

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