B. C. pot grower to lose $600K home; Grower punished for owning house
Barry Artiste. Now Public Contributor
Boo Hoo, Guess Crime does pay, at least for police in seizing a druggies home. Guess Pot Grower Roy Sundstrom isn't feeling very "Groovy" and now may find his next pot adventure Washing Pots in order to pay any more fines the government can think of, which may be in addition to what his house is worth.
Many say the law is unfair, but until it is changed by hook or by crook in the voting booth, he is pretty SOL, and many like him.
B. C. pot grower to lose $600K home Court Order; Grower punished for owning house: lawyer Chad Skelton,
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Canwest News Service
Published: Friday, August 15, 2008
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Roy Sundstrom has lost his fully paid off $600,000 home in Roberts Creek in a forfeiture case.
VANCOUVER - A B. C. judge has ordered a 59-year-old marijuana grower to turn over his mortgage-free $600,000 home to the government.
"The value of the equity in this property would appear to be higher than that in any other reported cases," Provincial Court Judge Carol Baird Ellan wrote in a ruling ordering Roy Sundstrom to turn over his Roberts Creek, B. C., acreage to the government.
More than 30 B. C. marijuana growers have had their homes forfeited in recent years under laws that allow the government to seize crime-related property.
However, many of the seized homes were heavily mortgaged, meaning the financial hit to the offender was far more modest. Sundstrom's lawyer, Jay Solomon, said his client -- who has no prior criminal record -- is being punished for owning his house outright.
"There's an unfairness if one person is being penalized essentially $100,000 versus $600,000," Mr. Solomon said.
"He suffered a more serious penalty because he bought the property 20 years ago when property on the Sunshine Coast was cheap.
" Roberts Creek is located 60 kilometres northwest of Vancouver.