Police Chief Murray Faulkner wants the city to pass a bylaw holding landlords responsible for the "costs" of busting "grow-ops" run by tenants, even if they have no idea the tenants are using the property for such purposes. If a grow-op is found within a public housing complex, is the city responsible, or are all Londoners to be blamed for not spying on and reporting their neighbours? Either way, it's the citizens that see little return for their efforts.
If the suggestion by London police is adopted by city council, a property owner — even if they’re in no way connected to the pot growing — would cover the costs police run up while razing a grow-op.Evil Capitalist Landlords should be held responsible for the costs of their tenants poor nutritional choices too. The second hand smoke inhaled on their premises is a significant burden on the health care system and that's bad and we must recover the costs by stealing their money. Landlords, your tenant's bad habits deprive the collective of power.
. Substitute the words 'the City of London Ontario' for the words "a country."
When a country directs a portion of its law to guaranteeing its own precedence in the defense of its citizens, it most readily does so by subverting the authority of individuals to guarantee their own.While the police are busy busting people for growing plants, the real criminals, those that disregard the property rights of other people, roam the streets virtually unchecked. The police should be kicking the crackheads off people's porches rather than arresting peaceable people for possessing and growing marijuana. A landlord has every right to enforce his rights in respect to his tenants, so if he finds the practices of the tenant are damaging his property and in violation of the mutually originally agreed upon contract, the landlord is totally within his rights to evict the tenants. However, the landlord is under no obligation to ensure the well being of "the community", whatever that could coherently mean, and neither is the landlord "obligated" to exercise his own rights in regards to his own property and is free to allow tenants to make use of the property in any way they so choose, even though it may devalue his investment. Stupid, yes, but it's the landlord's choice.
The police force in London receive $66.86 million annually from the taxpayers to enforce the law. That money is to cover the cost of their salaries AND investigations. But when you're fighting the spirits contained within the leaves, no amount of money is enough.
"With responsibilities do not necessarily come rights."
Go read Mike's post:
So in effect, the police would get paid double to waste everybody's time ripping up harmless plants. This reduces the incentive to spend time going after car thieves and insurgents. Those people are worth less money and on top of that are more likely to defend themselves with violence.
Wednesday, June 21, 2006
Posted by Lisa Turner on Wednesday, June 21, 2006