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Medical marijuana conference scheduled in Helena

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Montana is one of 29 states with legalized medical marijuana. Friday state leaders will hold the Inaugural Montana Cannabis Conference.

The conference is open to the public and aims to inform everyone from doctors to lawmakers to caregivers about medicinal marijuana. Lawmakers say it's a bipartisan effort to help answer questions about Montana's medical marijuana industry.

Experts predict it will bring in $70 million in sales revenue in 2018. There's one panel that specifically will address using medical marijuana to curb opioid use.

"For so long, I think folks involved in the industry have sort of been in the shadows," said State Rep. Ellie Hill (D-Missoula). "So this is a day to say, 'You have the government's support to move forward in a way that makes successful medicines for people.'"

The conference in Helena runs Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the State Capitol. It's free and open to the public.

Here's the full panel schedule:

10:00 am to 10:45 am:

The Farmers: Industrial Hemp, Cultivation Science, Smart Cultivation Solutions Rooted in Experience

10:45 am to 11:15 am:

Metrc: Safe Regulation through Seed to Sale Tracking

11:15 am to 12:00 pm:

Marijuana Infused Products Providers: Extraction Scientists and Edible Chefs Sourcing Your Patient Needs

12:00 pm to 12:30 pm

Break

12:30 pm to 1:00 pm

Analytical Testing Labs: From Quality Assurance to Saving Lives

1:00 pm to 1:45 pm:

Show Me the Money: Taxes and Economic Development

1:45 pm to 2:30 pm:

Patient Centered Access: Opioid Addiction, Veterans and Native Issues, Chronic Pain, Criminal Justice Reform

2:30 pm to 3:15 pm:

Leave Your Lawyer Jokes at the Door! Regulatory Compliance, State and Federal Law, Local Government Ordinances

3:15 pm to 4:00 pm:

Building a Cannabis Community: Relationships Matter, Education, and Advertising

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