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1 CN ON: Hempfest 'Killed' By Lack Of SponsorsThu, 01 Jun 2017
Source:Northern Times, The (CN ON) Author:Grech, Ron Area:Ontario Lines:76 Added:06/06/2017

The organizer behind Northern Ontario's longest running hemp festival is pulling the plug.

Robert Neron, a Moonbeam resident and longtime activist in support of freer access to medical marijuana, made the announcement through a posting on social media on Sunday.

He said unless someone else comes forward to take over managing the event, the cancellation of Hempfest is likely permanent.

In his announcement, Neron also revealed his intention to "retire completely from any activism" in the future.

"My health will no longer permit me to do so," he told Postmedia Network in an interview Sunday night. "As for Hempfest, lack of money from sponsors killed the festival … I can no longer sustain myself, my health, little less a not-for-profit festival."

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2 CN BC: PUB LTE: Hemp Could Be RobustWed, 24 May 2017
Source:Penticton Herald (CN BC) Author:Rathwell, S. Area:British Columbia Lines:44 Added:05/29/2017

Dear Editor: In response to Shelley Eberle's letter of May 20, "marijuana legalization is a bad idea."

Contrary to popular belief, usage rates among teenagers were monitored the last few years by Scientific American. After Colorado legalized the recreational use and sale of marijuana, they found rates decreasing from 30 per cent of teens using in 2011 to 21 per cent in 2015. This has also been the case in Washington state as well as Portugal, as after marijuana was decriminalized, both usage and addiction rates decreased.

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3 CN ON: Hempfest Burns OutTue, 23 May 2017
Source:Daily Press, The (CN ON) Author:Grech, Ron Area:Ontario Lines:77 Added:05/28/2017

Organizer cancelling event due to lack of sponsorship and declining health

The organizer behind Northern Ontario's longest running hemp festival is pulling the plug.

Robert Neron, a Moonbeam resident and long-time activist in support of freer access to medical marijuana, made the announcement through a posting on social media on Sunday.

He said unless someone else comes forward to take over managing the event, the cancellation of Hempfest is likely permanent.

In his announcement, Neron also revealed his intention to "retire completely from any activism" in the future.

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4 CN BC: PUB LTE: Hemp Could Be Robust For B.C.Tue, 23 May 2017
Source:Daily Courier, The (CN BC) Author:Rathwell, S. Area:British Columbia Lines:42 Added:05/23/2017

Editor: In response to Shelley Eberle's letter to the editor on May 20, marijuana legalization is a bad idea.

Contrary to popular belief, usage rates among teenagers were monitored the last few years by Scientific American. After Colorado legalized the recreational use and sale of marijuana, they found rates decreasing from 30 per cent of teens using in 2011 to 21 per cent in 2015. This has also been the case in Washington state as well as Portugal, as after marijuana was decriminalized, both usage and addiction rates decreased.

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5CN AB: Hempfest Participants Balk User StereotypesMon, 13 Mar 2017
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:LePage, Michelle Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:03/17/2017

Recreational marijuana users are lazy.

That's the stereotype entrepreneur John Carlson wanted to break while manning a booth for his business at the HempFest Cannabis Expo at the Shaw Conference Centre this past weekend.

The 26-year-old is the owner of Boxcar Studios in Olds, Alta., a glassblowing studio and shop that specializes in "420/710 accessories."

Carlson, a self-taught glassblower, said he wanted to show people marijuana users can be professional and organized.

"If you look here, there's a room full of young, hardworking entrepreneurs."

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6CN AB: Hempfest Organizers Aim To Butt Out Pot MythsWed, 21 Sep 2016
Source:Calgary Herald (CN AB) Author:Lumsden, Michael Area:Alberta Lines:Excerpt Added:09/24/2016

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.

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7 CN ON: Pot-Use Advocates Gathering For Annual HempfestThu, 18 Aug 2016
Source:Northern Times, The (CN ON) Author:Moore, Sarah Area:Ontario Lines:125 Added:08/19/2016

The air in this small Northern town may get a little hazy at the end of this month as the annual Hempfest festival kicks off on Aug. 22.

For the last 18 years, the festival has attracted advocates and supporters of the decriminalization of marijuana, both for its recreational and medicinal uses, to the week-long music and camping event.

Robert Neron, who hosts Hempfest on his property (which is affectionately known as Chez Willy's Place), said it has become somewhat of a beloved tradition for those who attend every year.

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8 CN ON: Hempfest Set To Spark Up In MoonbeamSat, 06 Aug 2016
Source:Daily Press, The (CN ON) Author:Moore, Sarah Area:Ontario Lines:128 Added:08/09/2016

Moonbeam - The air in this small Northern town may get a little hazy at the end of this month as the annual Hempfest festival kicks off on Aug. 22.

For the last 18 years, the festival has attracted advocates and supporters of the decriminalization of marijuana, both for its recreational and medicinal uses, to the week-long music and camping event.

Robert Neron, who hosts Hempfest on his property (which is affectionately known as Chez Willy's Place), said it has become somewhat of a beloved tradition for those who attend every year.

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9 Canada: Hemp Growers Try To Break Into Medical MarketSat, 16 Jul 2016
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Hager, Mike Area:Canada Lines:153 Added:07/18/2016

A cousin of marijuana, the plant is reported to be effective in treating epilepsy and other ailments, Mike Hager writes

Each month, Sebastian Cyr uses a specialized extraction device he describes as being "as simple as a toaster," to make a concoction that he says relieves his Lyme disease symptoms.

The Montreal resident dumps two cups of coconut oil into a contraption marketed as the Magical Butter Machine, along with 15 grams of cannabis, which he gets delivered through the mail from one of Canada's two dozen licensed commercial growers.

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