The owner of the Saanich Peninsula’s standalone cinder-block cannabis-growing room says he’s preparing to lease out the 5,600-square-foot space after getting back thousands of dollars worth of equipment that had been removed by its previous tenants.
Phil Illingworth, who owns the grey, bunker-like building, said the equipment was returned by Evergreen Medicinal Supply this week in compliance with a court order. An affidavit sworn by Evergreen director Michael Galbraith said all items have been returned to the site at 6922 Lochside Dr.
Included in the list of 394 items was grow-op equipment, lighting, electronics, office supplies, shop materials, freezers, lockers and a generator. Illingworth said all of it had been stripped from the building at the end of January.
Evergreen has not responded to requests for an interview over the last week. Health Canada suspended the licence of the cannabis grower in the fall, effectively shutting down the operations of the six-year-old company. Before that, the B.C. Supreme Court ruled Evergreen had to hand over the keys to the building as a result of a dispute over more than $400,000 in unpaid rent.
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