Marijuana is legal in Canada starting October 17

“Marijuana will be legal throughout the country starting October 17,” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said, adding that the move would “create a market for mariguana away from organized crime markets and to protect young people.”

“We hope to start the sale of a chain of marijuana, run by different provinces and regions starting October 17,” Trudeau said.

He also noted that legalization of marijuana would make the legal market “fully replace the organized crime market in the months and years to come.”

The legislation, passed by the Canadian Senate, granted the 10 provinces in Canada and 3 northern provinces a temporary period of 8 to 12 weeks to prepare for the actual sales of marijuana.

“The Canadian provinces have asked for more time to implement the law,” Trudeau said, which is due to go into effect 17 weeks after its passage.

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