When 40 Tons started up in Dec. 2020, it took off like a bat out of hell due in part to the indomitable energy of its three co-founders, Loriel Alegrete, Anthony Alegrete and Corvain Cooper.

The threesome, with their extraordinary backgrounds and practical business plan, set out to unite the essential sectors of the industry, from legacy operators like themselves to the biggest multi-state operators (MSOs) in the nation under a shared goal: furthering the booming industry while deliberately including those who actually started it and kept it going strong for decades way before the concept of legal weed was even a blip on a blurry screen.

We hear a great deal about expungement and social equity from well-meaning MSOs and states setting up their legal programs to which we all say bravo, good job. But, where and how do those who’ve spent time behind bars get involved in these programs or even hear about them for that matter? 

Enter 40 Tons with their imminently practical approach

“We bridge the gap for BIPOC communities and those with past cannabis convictions," 40 Tons CEO Loriel Alegrete told a packed room at Benzinga’s Cannabis Capital Conference recently in Chicago. "Our strategic partnerships with Curaleaf, Herbl, Hemper, Good Day Farm, Sunset Connect and about 75 other large brands have allowed us to enter into markets and expand our presence across America where most smaller equity-focused brands have not.”

Loriel talked about one of the company's most unique programs40 Tons Careers and its good old-fashioned job fairs, whose mission is to “close the gap in restorative justice and diversity” in the industry by connecting people with …

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