In a shade over two months, on Oct. 17, history will be made. After months of debate in Parliament, and years of promises from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, recreational marijuana will become officially legal in Canada and go on sale in private and government-owned dispensaries.
To say that legalized cannabis is a big deal would be a big understatement. Though estimates vary wildly given that no industrialized country has ever given the green light to adult-use weed before, the industry could be looking at adding $5 billion in yearly sales. This would come atop the hundreds of millions of dollars the legal pot industry has been generating from domestic weed sales and exports to foreign countries where medical marijuana is legal.