The Opposition Liberals are calling for an independent review of the New Brunswick government's inspection policies for special care homes after an alleged marijuana grow operation was discovered in the basement of a licensed facility.
RCMP say they seized 550 plants — enough to produce up to 275,000 joints, a large quantity of marijuana, and growing equipment from Forever Young special care home in Clarks Corner on Nov. 14.
“It is incomprehensible to think that an illegal drug operation of this size could take place without an inspector noticing it,” Victor Boudreau, Opposition critic for the Department of Social Development said in a statement on Wednesday.
Special care homes in the province are subject to routine inspections by the department and special care home operators are subject to strict regulations when applying for licences, noted Boudreau.
He contends the Forever Young operator's licence should be revoked immediately.
“Any situation where the safety and security of special care home residents is compromised is very serious,” Boudreau said.
RCMP have said they were tipped off about the alleged grow-op after emergency crews were called to a fire at the facility, located on Shore Road.
All residents of the home got out safely, police have said.
Investigators believe the fire was related to the grow-op.
Forever Young Special Care Home has six beds and provides Level 1 and Level 2 care, according to the New Brunswick Special Care Home Association Inc. website.