Alberta wants ideas on shutting down grow-ops

CALGARY — Alberta’s justice minister says illegal marijuana grow-ops in the province have reached a “chronic” level and ideas are needed on how to deal with them.

Jonathan Denis announced plans Friday to get input from the public and relevant groups on ways to address health and safety concerns and to tackle criminal activity that stems from the illegal operations.

“What I’m interested in is what we can do as a province to address issues such as the grow-op you see behind me and to try and improve people’s lives — and also to try and shut down the proceeds of organized crime,” said Denis, who used a former grow-op home with a red security fence in northeast Calgary as a backdrop.

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