VANCOUVER,B.C., May 5, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- A hundred and fifty years ago, Harry Barr's (President and CEO of Next Gen Metals) (CSE:N) (OTC Pink:NXTTF), ancestors began farming in the Ottawa Valley. As far back as pre WWII, the family farm was producing hemp, which in those days was used primarily for rope for the War Act. At 23, a young Harry Barr graduated from the University of Guelph in Agribusiness and began a career that forged him into a global mining executive and financier. Barr notes that since 1985, every exploration company he has started is still in business today and managed from Vancouver. Now, Barr's company has seized the opportunity to incubate and mentor those legal marijuana and hemp companies that have the technical savvy, but require the business acumen that any new or expanding industry needs; be it fundraising, complex negotiation skills, capital markets expertise, public company administration or IPO's. Those tenets will take shape in a big way on May 7 th, when Next Gen's 100 percent-owned subsidiary, GreenRush Financial Conferences launches in Vancouver at the Convention Centre East and the Pan Pacific Hotel with the first of a series of global Medical Marijuana and Industrial Hemp conferences, bringing together stakeholders, investors, companies and the legal community. Simply put, these conferences intend to be the premier purveyor of investment education and finance for the Medical Marijuana, Industrial Hemp and Alternative Medicine industries. "I applaud Mr. Barr for being a pioneer and recognizing the lack of Marijuana expositions in Canada that focus on finance," stated Mike Withrow, President and CEO of Abattis Bioceuticals Corp (OTC PINK:ATTBF). "We now have a forum to tell the world about our Grow Dry Extract Refine and Sciences model coined GDERS." "The Medical Marijuana business is slowly recapitalizing the junior mining industry in Canada," stated Harry Barr, CEO of Next Gen. "But more than that, it is quickly bringing together the legal and industry forces necessary to give a complex, highly regulated market the visibility and transparency that investors require."