Canada’s cannabis marijuana blaze at an art school

Written by By David Murphy, CNN Chicago The province of Ontario has a love-hate relationship with Ontario. It is the home to this year’s Winter Olympics, for one. It is also the place where…

Canada's cannabis marijuana blaze at an art school

Written by By David Murphy, CNN Chicago

The province of Ontario has a love-hate relationship with Ontario. It is the home to this year’s Winter Olympics, for one. It is also the place where marijuana will officially become legal this summer. And it’s also where marijuana has left a trail of destruction.

Rampaging marijuana plants, including one growing on an apartment roof and another in the center of a university campus, are littered across the region. Dozens of people across the GTA — the larger Region of Toronto, which includes the Peel, Durham and York regions — have needed hospitalization after lighting and then consuming cannabis-based materials. And now, Omicron, the sister to Ostricho, have been identified as the source of the fires — the first recorded marijuana growing fire to shut down a school campus in Canada.

The Omicron Learning Centre was evacuated on November 21, but the highly innovative design of the sprawling structure survived the blaze. The largest structure being completely destroyed by the fire is its main cafeteria, while another one on the main level and two others on the second story are all lost. The remaining structure consists of two separate sections — one built in 2009 for students and another constructed in 2010.

Yet the experience of going through the real estate and construction industry has taught Omicron educator Cole Caruso that, in order to fight arson, the campus will have to look smart.

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