ONTARIO WANTS TO PULL PLUG ON POT Bill Would Cut Off Grow House Hydro TORONTO -- The Ontario government opened another front in its war on marijuana grow houses Tuesday with legislation designed to allow electricity distributors to cut power to homes they suspect are growing pot. If passed, the legislation introduced by Public Safety Minister Monte Kwinter would allow distributors to cut power with a court order -- or without one if they have "reasonable cause" to suspect criminal activity. "The energy distributor will make all of those determinations," said Kwinter, adding that the companies "have the obligation and the responsibility" to make that call. "If they have reasonable cause, they can cut off that electricity without notice." Calling grow houses "a blight on our neighbourhoods," Kwinter's bill would also double the maximum fines under the Fire Protection and Prevention Act for tampering with electrical wiring, a common grow-op tactic designed to disguise the telltale consumption of large quantities of power. Earlier Tuesday, Kwinter visited a Toronto fire academy, where he outlined a litany of hazards posed by grow ops. Fires are 40 times more likely in a grow op than a regular home, and they're often infested with mould, structurally unsafe and dangerous due to electrical rewiring and overloading, Kwinter said. Under the new law, any home that's been used to grow marijuana would have to be inspected and repaired by the owner before it could be used again as a dwelling. The legislation would also protect homebuyers from unwittingly taking over a former grow-op house that has been structurally damaged.