A luxury Markham home, is no longer up for grabs as a prize in the Princess Margaret Lottery, as it was found be be right next door to an legal marijuana grow house.
The 3,000 square foot, fully furnished home on Jeffrey Nidha Crescent was withdrawn after organisers were made aware of the grow house and of the resultant odour in the locality.
A cash prize of f $1.3 million will instead be offered, plus the additional cash prize of $25,000.
The lottery organisers say that they had no idea that the home backed on to the grow house, with Christine Lasky, vice president of the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation saying in a statement that they had discovered that the homeowner the adjacent house had a licence issued by Health Canada to legally grow marijuana for personal consumption following an injury a number of years back.
The statement also acknowledged that the growing of a large number of plants in the house has resulted in an “intrusive odour in the neighbourhood,” adding that”naturally, we are very disappointed,” but that pulling the prize was the ”right thing to do”.
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