Pubdate: Wed, 21 Sep 2016
Source: Calgary Herald (CN AB)
Copyright: 2016 Postmedia Network
Author: Michael Lumsden
Page: A9


A two-day expo aimed at clearing the air about marijuana use in Canada
is expected to draw big crowds in Calgary.

Following similar events in Toronto and Vancouver this year, the
HempFest Expo will land in Calgary for the first time Oct. 15 and 16.

The events have been primarily run in an attempt to debunk some myths
and remove the taboo from a topic that has been making headlines for
years in Canada, with decriminalization now in the sights of the
federal Liberal government.

Organizer Sacha Hockenbull said that judging by the success of the
other two events, Calgary, a typically more conservative city, could
surprise some with the attendance figures he's anticipating.

"We are expecting between 3,000 and 4,000 people for the two days," he
said, noting the buzz online has eclipsed that preceding the Toronto
and Vancouver events.

"The feedback I am getting from people is that really the sky is the
limit for us ... We've been getting a lot of excitement for Calgary,
because I think it's still a little more taboo here than it is in
other cities in Canada," he added.

While organizers don't expect any security concerns - there will not
be any products on display or for sale at the event - all exhibitors
must be fully licensed, and the Calgary Police Service is aware of the
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