HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – An event on equity in the cannabis industry was held Thursday night in Holyoke.

The Cannabis Advancement Conference brought dozens of people together at the Gateway City Arts. Big and small businesses working together within the Massachusetts cannabis industry, was the focus of the conference.

The event was hosted by Veterans Alternative Healing, Cannabis Community Care and Research and Joint Venture.

Stephen Mandile, president and founder of Veterans Alternative Healing inc, told 22News, “These are the numbers that are going to improve to the department of veterans affairs that this is something that’s working for a lot of veterans. Especially here in Massachusetts where veterans are three times more likely to die of an opioid overdose which is higher than the national average of two times.”

This was the second cannabis advancement series in the city.

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