The most common reason for menopause is the natural decline in a female's reproductive hormones. However, menopause can also result from the following situations:
Oophorectomy: This surgery, which removes a woman's ovaries, causes immediate menopause. Symptoms and signs of menopause in this situation can be severe, as the hormonal changes happen abruptly.
Chemotherapy: Cancer treatments like chemotherapy can induce menopause quickly, causing symptoms to appear shortly after or even during treatment.
Ovarian Insufficiency: Also called premature ovarian failure, this condition is essentially premature menopause. It happens when a woman's ovaries quit functioning before the age of 40 and can stem from genetic factors and disease. Only 1% of women suffer from premature menopause, but HRT can help protect the heart, brain, and bones.
If you're a woman going through menopause and find that you have become increasingly depressed, you're not alone. It's estimated that 15% of women experience depression to some degree while going through menopause. What many women don't know is that depression can start during perimenopause, or the years leading up to menopause.
Depression can be hard to diagnose, especially during perimenopause and menopause. However, if you notice the following signs, it might be time to speak with a physician:
Remember, if you're experiencing depression, you're not weak or broken - you're going through a very regular emotional experience. The good news is that with proper treatment from your doctor, depression isn't a death sentence. And with HRT and anti-aging treatment for women, depression could be the catalyst you need to enjoy a new lease on life.
Hot flashes - they're one of the most well-known symptoms of menopause. Hot flashes are intense, sudden feelings of heat across a woman's upper body. Some last second, while others last minutes, making them incredibly inconvenient and uncomfortable for most women.
Symptoms of hot flashes include:
Typically, hot flashes are caused by a lack of estrogen. Low estrogen levels negatively affect a woman's hypothalamus, the part of the brain that controls body temperature and appetite. Low estrogen levels cause the hypothalamus to incorrectly assume the body is too hot, dilating blood vessels to increase blood flow. Luckily, most women don't have to settle for the uncomfortable feelings that hot flashes cause. HRT treatments for women often stabilize hormones, lessening the effects of hot flashes and menopause in general.
Mood swings are common occurrences for most people - quick shifts from happy to angry and back again, triggered by a specific event. And while many people experience mood swings, they are particularly common for women going through menopause. That's because, during menopause, the female's hormones are often imbalanced. Hormone imbalances and mood swings go hand-in-hand, resulting in frequent mood changes and even symptoms like insomnia.
The rate of production of estrogen, a hormone that fluctuates during menopause, largely determines the rate of production the hormone serotonin, which regulates mood, causing mood swings.
Luckily, HRT and anti-aging treatments in Alpha, NJ for women work wonders for mood swings by regulating hormone levels like estrogen. With normal hormone levels, women around the world are now learning that they don't have to settle for mood swings during menopause.
Staying fit and healthy is hard for anyone living in modern America. However, for women with hormone imbalances during perimenopause or menopause, weight gain is even more serious. Luckily, HRT treatments for women coupled with a physician-led diet can help keep weight in check. But which hormones need to be regulated?
Lowered sexual desire - three words most men and women hate to hear. Unfortunately, for many women in perimenopausal and menopausal states, it's just a reality of life. Thankfully, today, HRT and anti-aging treatments Alpha, NJ can help women maintain a normal, healthy sex drive. But what causes low libido in women, especially as they get older?
The hormones responsible for low libido in women are progesterone, estrogen, and testosterone.
Progesterone production decreases during perimenopause, causing low sex drive in women. Lower progesterone production can also cause chronic fatigue, weight gain, and other symptoms. On the other hand, lower estrogen levels during menopause lead to vaginal dryness and even vaginal atrophy or loss of muscle tension.
Lastly, testosterone plays a role in lowered libido. And while testosterone is often grouped as a male hormone, it contributes to important health and regulatory functionality in women. A woman's testosterone serves to heighten sexual responses and enhances orgasms. When the ovaries are unable to produce sufficient levels of testosterone, it often results in a lowered sex drive.
Often uncomfortable and even painful, vaginal dryness is a serious problem for sexually active women. However, like hair loss in males, vaginal dryness is very common - almost 50% of women suffer from it during menopause.
Getting older is just a part of life, but that doesn't mean you have to settle for the side effects. HRT and anti-aging treatments for women correct vaginal dryness by re-balancing estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. When supplemented with diet and healthy living, your vagina's secretions are normalized, causing discomfort to recede.
Uterine fibroids - they're perhaps the least-known symptom of menopause and hormone imbalances in women. That's because these growths on the uterus are often symptom-free. Unfortunately, these growths can be cancerous, presenting a danger for women as they age.
Many women will have fibroids at some point. Because they're symptomless, they're usually found during routine doctor exams. Some women only get one or two, while others may have large clusters of fibroids. Because fibroids are usually caused by hormone imbalances, hysterectomies have been used as a solution, forcing women into early menopause.
Advances in HRT and anti-aging medicine for women give females a safer, non-surgical option without having to experience menopause early. At Global Life Rejuvenation, our expert physicians will implement a customized HRT program to stabilize your hormones and reduce the risk of cancerous fibroid growth.
Endometriosis symptoms are much like the effects of PMS, and include pelvic pain, fatigue, cramping, and bloating. While doctors aren't entirely sure what causes this painful, uncomfortable condition, most agree that hormones - particularly xenoestrogens - play a factor.
Endometriosis symptoms are much like the effects of PMS and include pelvic pain, fatigue, cramping, and bloating. While doctors aren't entirely sure what causes this painful, uncomfortable condition, most agree that hormones - particularly xenoestrogens - play a factor.
Xenoestrogen is a hormone that is very similar to estrogen. Too much xenoestrogen is thought to stimulate endometrial tissue growth. HRT for women helps balance these hormones and, when used with a custom nutrition program, can provide relief for women across the U.S.
Sermorelin is a synthetic hormone peptide, like GHRH, which triggers the release of growth hormones. When used under the care of a qualified physician, Sermorelin can help you lose weight, increase your energy levels, and help you feel much younger.
Human growth hormone (HGH) therapy has been used for years to treat hormone deficiencies. Unlike HGH, which directly replaces declining human growth hormone levels, Sermorelin addresses the underlying cause of decreased HGH, stimulating the pituitary gland naturally. This approach keeps the mechanisms of growth hormone production active.
Ipamorelin helps to release growth hormones in a person's body by mimicking a peptide called ghrelin. Ghrelin is one of three hormones which work together to regulate the growth hormone levels released by the pituitary gland. Because Ipamorelin stimulates the body to produce growth hormone, your body won't stop its natural growth hormone production, which occurs with synthetic HGH.
Ipamorelin causes growth hormone secretion that resembles natural release patterns rather than being constantly elevated from HGH. Because ipamorelin stimulates the natural production of growth hormone, our patients can use this treatment long-term with fewer health risks.
One of the biggest benefits of Ipamorelin is that it provides significant short and long-term benefits in age management therapies. Ipamorelin can boost a patient's overall health, wellbeing, and outlook on life.
When growth hormone is produced by the pituitary gland using Ipamorelin, clients report amazing benefits. Some of those benefits include:
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NEWS @ MCCC'There's something very special about the friends you make in nursing school,' says Valedictorian Racheal IvinsWest Windsor, N.J. – On May 18, the Mercer County Community College (MCCC) Nursing program had plenty of reasons to celebrate – 30 in fact. The college held its May Pinning Ceremony for 30 graduates before an audience of family, friends, faculty and administrators. They acknowledged the solemnity – and joy – of the moment. Presiding over the ceremony was Elizabeth...
West Windsor, N.J. – On May 18, the Mercer County Community College (MCCC) Nursing program had plenty of reasons to celebrate – 30 in fact. The college held its May Pinning Ceremony for 30 graduates before an audience of family, friends, faculty and administrators. They acknowledged the solemnity – and joy – of the moment. Presiding over the ceremony was Elizabeth Mizerek, Director of Nursing Education.
MCCC’s Acting President, Barbara Basel, welcomed the graduates. “You endured hardships, you overcame obstacles, and you made sacrifices – all in order to enter a profession dedicated to helping others,” she said, adding that the Covid-19 pandemic made their journey even harder. “More than ever, we are counting on you.”
Also delivering congratulatory remarks was Dr. Robert Schreyer, Vice President for Academic Affairs. “You all knew that this program would be demanding academically, clinically – and emotionally. What you did not anticipate was a global pandemic. You did whatever it took to serve the community – frankly, the world. You are part of an elite group of professionals as you enter this field,” he said.
Schreyer noted the special role of the nursing faculty. “With this faculty and this curriculum, including the simulation labs they have developed, you are prepared.” He reminded students that MCCC will always be there for them and noted the many alumni who work with Mercer students in the clinical setting or join the faculty to teach the next generation of nurses.
Nine graduates were inducted into Epsilon Rho, MCCC’s chapter of Alpha Delta Nu, the national nursing honor society established by the Organization for Associate Degree Nursing. Dr. Lisa Dunn, who serves as the group's faculty advisor, presented graduates with honors cords to be worn at Commencement. Inductees from the May Class of 2022 are Juliana Born, Swapna Kanaparthi, Maressa Teresky, Britanie Hernandez, Louisa Scozzaro, Alaina Washington, Racheal Ivins, Crystal Stitley, and Breanna Wood.
Britanie Hernandez, who served as vice president for the chapter, explained their service project. “We collected donations for Womanspace, where individuals and families impacted by domestic or sexual violence can turn for help,” she said, noting that all members of the chapter participated as a group.
Valedictorian Racheal Ivins addressed her classmates with a message that touched on the trials and triumphs of their experience. “It all feels worth it. I knew I wanted a career in healthcare but wasn’t sure if nursing was for me. I took a chance and dove in headfirst,” she said. “I did not know how much I would fall in love with being a nurse. Nurses assume many different titles: teacher, advocate, life saver, or even just a listening ear. We assume whatever role our patients need from us. Some days I felt unstoppable; others, I felt like quitting, but I pushed through.”
Ivins thanked her professors “for introducing us to the world of nursing and guiding us every step of the way.” She also expressed gratitude to her fellow students. “There’s something very special about the friends you make in nursing school. I will be forever grateful that nursing school brought us together and fortunate to go through these experiences with you by my side.”
One by one, Mizerek invited the 30 graduates to come up on stage to receive their nursing pins. According to Mizerek, the pinning tradition dates back to the London nursing school founded by Florence Nightingale, where badges were awarded to recognize an educated person prepared to serve the health care needs of the community. “Over time, that badge evolved into a pin. Each school has developed its own distinctive pin,” she said.
A much anticipated portion of the ceremony was the announcement of students who went above and beyond in various ways. Faculty member Florence Lee presented awards to Margaret Kelly (Clinical Excellence Award); Swapna Kanaparthi (Professionalism Award); Racheal Ivins (Academic Excellence Award); Crystal Stitley (Caring Award); Franklin Hytegha (Teamwork Award); and Juliana Born (Perseverance Award).
Reflecting another longstanding tradition attributed to Florence Nightingale, students participated in a lamp lighting ceremony signifying enlightenment and knowledge. “The Mercer community has nurtured that spark to a steady flame. That flame represents your passion and commitment to the nursing profession," Mizerek said, as she led graduates in reciting the Nightingale Pledge.
Mizerek concluded the ceremony by noting that the A.S. degree is graduates’ first step. “Then comes the NCLEX national nursing exam, then a job, then continuing for your bachelor’s degree with one of our nursing school partners. The connections you forge here will stay with you for a lifetime. We're so honored to call you colleagues.”
MCCC congratulates the Class of May 2022: Mallory Bandola, Juliana Born, Alexis Chacon, Anne Charles, Ornella Chery, Alleah Codilla, Anne Deboskey, Alexis Demola, Funmilayo Fadairo, Anne Lisa Forestin, Ayonnah Garcia, William Gilbertson, Randall Grois, Britanie Hernandez, Franklin Hytegha, Racheal Ivins, Katerin Jaquez-Nunez, Swapna Kanaparthi, Margaret Kelly, Emily MacFarland, Kerianne Nosari, Victoria Porchetta, Suzanne Royse, Louisa Scozzaro, Crystal Stitley, Maressa Teresky, Giana Tirado, Alaina Washington, Meghan Weber, and Breanna Wood.
WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., May 27, 2022 — West Liberty University Professor of Voice, Dr. Linda Cowan, was unanimously elected to Vice-President of the Alpha Chi’s Board of Directors, the National Council, during the 2022 National Convention held March 24 – 26 in Austin, Texas.“I am pleased to serve in this capacity for Alpha Chi and its many member chapters, our students and faculty members. I look forward to the coming year and my new role,” said Cowan....
WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., May 27, 2022 — West Liberty University Professor of Voice, Dr. Linda Cowan, was unanimously elected to Vice-President of the Alpha Chi’s Board of Directors, the National Council, during the 2022 National Convention held March 24 – 26 in Austin, Texas.
“I am pleased to serve in this capacity for Alpha Chi and its many member chapters, our students and faculty members. I look forward to the coming year and my new role,” said Cowan.
Alpha Chi National College Honor Society is an American collegiate honor society recognizing achievements in general scholarship. It was formed in 1922 and has grown to include more than 400 chapters throughout the United States.
Alpha Chi is the National College Honor Society and the National Council is a 22-member governing body composed of 15 elected faculty members and seven elected student members from the various chapters around the country. WLU’s chapter is known as Epsilon.
Dr. Linda Cowan-Youssef holds the Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, the Master of Music in Vocal Performance from Indiana State University, and the Doctor of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.
She has performed in opera, musical theater, theater, oratorio, and the concert hall. She has concertized extensively in NJ, IN, PA and WV. Cowan created Hilltop Opera at West Liberty University, where she has taught for 19 20 years, and directed many operatic and theatrical performances. She is currently one of five finalists for West Virginia Professor of the Year 2021.
Cowan teaches private and class voice, diction, opera workshop, musical theater workshop, and vocal literature and pedagogy classes. Cowan previously taught at the West Virginia Governor’s School for the Arts, and has been a frequent guest artist-teacher.
She served the National Association of Teachers of Singing as the governor for West Virginia and as former president of the NATS Tri-States chapter. She currently performs with Voces Solis, a nonprofit chorus in Pittsburgh, and is in demand as a guest clinician for master classes and for All-State and All-State Chamber Choir auditions, Solo and Ensemble Festivals.
Cowan is proud to serve as the WV Executive Board Organizer for P.E.O., a non-profit Philanthropic Educational Organization, comprised of women who help to raise funds for scholarships and low-cost loans for women’s education.
The Division of Music at West Liberty University offers undergraduate degrees in music education, music performance, and music technology. It also offers a minor in music.
For complete information, please contact [email protected] or the Department of Music and Theater Office at 304-336-8006.
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Formula 1 returns to North America for the second time this season and to Canada for the first time since 2019. Montreal is a high-power track and the fourth high-power Grand Prix this season (Saudi Arabia, Australia and Azerbaijan).
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1. Charles Leclerc ($10,200) — Earlier this season, Leclerc benefited from Verstappen’s misfortune. The tides have turned and now Leclerc is looking up at the Red Bulls in the standings. In an even fight, sans the goddess Fortuna, Leclerc is just as fast as Max.
2. Max Verstappen ($11,200) — Max isn’t competing against 19 drivers. He is fighting the universe. Only fate can beat him. When Verstappen doesn’t catch a bad break, he wins.
3. Carlos Sainz ($9,400) — This has been some season for Sainz. He didn’t do anything wrong at Baku, except a minor error that cost him the pole. The mistake became irrelevant when his and three other Ferraris suffered mechanical failures.
4. Sergio Perez ($10,600) — Montreal is a power track with three DRS zones. The Red Bulls have the best straight-line speed in 2022. This should translate to a top-3 starting and finishing position for Checo.
5. Lewis Hamilton ($8,400) — The bouncing of his Mercedes in the DRS zones was dangerous according to Hamilton. Despite his discomfort, he still finished fourth. The Canadian Grand Prix isn’t quite as fast but it’s still fast. Hamilton will have to learn to deal.
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6. Pierre Gasly ($6,400) — The power tracks with long straights play to the strengths of the quasi-Honda Red Bulls. Gasly’s Alpha Tauri was exceptional on the Azerbaijan straights and should be again in Canada.
7. George Russell ($9,000) — Mr. Consistent keeps piling up the points. Russell is a top-5 driver and when misfortune visits the Red Bulls and Ferraris, he steps onto the podium.
8. Sebastian Vettel ($5,000) — The last time Formula 1 raced at Montreal, Vettel led 67 laps and was the first to cross the finish line. However, a five-second penalty resulted in a second-place finish. Vettel is no longer with Ferrari, but he’s looked solid for Aston Martin over the last three races.
9. Esteban Ocon ($6,000) — Alpine’s Renault power units were very competitive at Baku last week. Other midfield teams were envious of their straight-line speed. Alpine will benefit from that speed in Montreal.
10. Daniel Ricciardo ($5,600) — The Grand Prix of Canada is not a high-downforce track. McLaren has struggled at high-downforce tracks, but they have competed like a proper midfield team at the power tracks (Saudi Arabia and Azerbaijan).
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As companies around the world manage the impacts of the war in Ukraine, soaring inflation, rising interest rates and supply chain issues, the U.S. cannabis industry continues to develop relatively unscathed from these macro concerns. Growth in the U.S. cannabis market remains a state-led story as the launch of new markets adds to the growing pie of legal sales. The next market to have an active adult-use program is New Jersey. On April 11, 2022, the New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission ("CRC") ...
As companies around the world manage the impacts of the war in Ukraine, soaring inflation, rising interest rates and supply chain issues, the U.S. cannabis industry continues to develop relatively unscathed from these macro concerns. Growth in the U.S. cannabis market remains a state-led story as the launch of new markets adds to the growing pie of legal sales. The next market to have an active adult-use program is New Jersey. On April 11, 2022, the New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission ("CRC") gave the green light to seven Alternative Treatment Centers to launch adult-use sales within the next few weeks.
Like all current adult-use states, New Jersey first began as a medical market. New Jersey legalized medical cannabis in January 2010 with the passage of the New Jersey Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act in the last days of Governor Jon Corzine’s administration. However, under the leadership of Governor Chris Christie, the program languished, with approximately 15k patients enrolled and five dispensaries opened by the end of his term.
The election of current Governor Phil Murphy, who campaigned on legalizing cannabis, led to a significant expansion of the medical market culminating in the passage of the Jake Honig Compassionate Use Medical Cannabis Act in July 2019. The Act reduced the required frequency of physician appointments for medical card holders from every 90 days to once per year, increased the number of cultivators from 12 to 28 and most importantly, expanded the list of qualifying conditions. The changes had a pronounced impact on the state’s medical patient count which grew to over 120k by December 2021, an increase of over 8x in just three years.
As the state’s medical program blossomed, Gov. Murphy looked to make good on his campaign promise of legalizing adult-use cannabis, but he was ultimately unable to secure the votes from the state’s legislature. After two years of setbacks, the state put the issue directly to voters in a November 2020 ballot initiative. The measure passed with significant support (67% in favor) and in February 2021, Gov. Murphy signed adult-use legalization bills into law. The new law was the first step of many in order to start sales as it became the responsibility of the CRC to write rules and regulations to govern the new adult-use industry.
Unfortunately, newly established government agencies can take longer to fulfill their obligations than the private sector would prefer. It was not until August 2021 that the CRC finally issued rules and regulations for the New Jersey adult-use market. As stipulated by the law, once the rules were in place, the CRC was required to launch the market within 180 days (February 2022), however, there was no mechanism to enforce the deadline. Fortunately, the CRC has finally approved seven current medical operators to commence adult-use sales once " they pass operational inspections and are issued new licenses." The seven approved are all publicly-listed multi-state operators including: Ascend Wellness Holdings, Inc. (OTCQX:AAWH), Acreage Holdings (OTCQX:ACRHF), Columbia Care (OTCQX:CCHWF), Curaleaf (OTCPK:CURLF), Verano (OTCQX:VRNOF), TerrAscend Corp. (OTCQX:TRSSF) and Green Thumb Industries (OTCQX:GTBIF).
Let's talk about two of these that may particularly benefit.
Considering the significant revenue opportunity for these operators, they will all likely report materially higher sales growth in 2H22. However, given the smaller footprints of TerrAscend and Ascend Wellness, they are likely to see the greatest impact from higher revenues in New Jersey.
TerrAscend and Ascend Wellness both have their operations based in Northern New Jersey, which is the most populated area of the state and is closest to New York City. TRSSF has locations opened in Maplewood and Phillipsburg, with its third location in Lodi expected to open shortly. AAWH has open dispensaries in Montclair and Rochelle Park, with a third in Fort Lee (near the George Washington Bridge) expected to open in Spring 2022.
If we take management's guidance of potentially $40 million in run-rate revenues from each of their New Jersey dispensaries, we can see in the table below the significant revenue impact it will have at TRSSF and AAWH. While we do not mean to say the other operators will not see similar figures hit their revenue figures, the growth will not be as dramatic considering their already higher sales figures.
Since its inception in 2010, New Jersey has been a limited license market. As such, the ability to plant, cultivate, distribute, and sell cannabis is restricted to only a handful of license holders. Even with the legalization of adult-use, the rules passed by the CRC limit the number of potential cultivators in the state to an additional 37 from the current 12 at least until February 2023. From a dispensary perspective, the state recently issued 30 licenses in addition to the current 36 dispensary licenses outstanding, of which 23 are currently in operation.
While nearly a doubling of dispensaries might seem concerning, with a population of over 9 million, each dispensary would still be serving 140k people on average! Additionally, it is important to keep in mind that getting a license is only the first step to actually making a sale to retail customers. It can take significantly over a year for a licensee to find a location, receive local approvals, raise capital, make necessary capital improvements, and source product before finally opening for business. This provides an immensely valuable first-mover advantage to incumbent operators who were able to establish a presence in the medical market. Incumbents are vertically integrated, thereby capturing more of each dollar along the supply chain. Furthermore, they can establish relationships with customers and build brand value, which may enable them to generate goodwill amongst customers and maintain those customers even as new dispensaries open.
Management teams with operations in New Jersey have highlighted the attractiveness of the market as well. During its 2Q21 earnings conference call in August 2021, TerrAscend’s management team indicated that its Maplewood location could generate $40 million or more in annualized sales once adult-use sales get going. Given most operators will have three locations, an additional $120 million in annual revenues with potentially 35% - 40% in EBITDA margins will be a major contributor to most operators’ profits. Admittedly, it may take some time for New Jersey operators to reach their potential, but in the meantime, they will likely significantly benefit from customers in neighboring states.
Since New Jersey passed adult-use legislation, neighboring states New York and Connecticut have followed suit. However, of the three, New Jersey will be the first to launch its adult-use sales program and will be a major beneficiary of New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and potentially even Maryland residents coming across state lines to purchase cannabis products.
New Jersey has a population of 8.9 million, which alone makes it a relatively large cannabis market, but the adult-use market will be supported by plenty of out-of-towners. The New York City metropolitan area is the largest in the country with 20.1 million residents and the Philadelphia metropolitan area has 5.8 million residents. While a bit further away, Baltimore and its 2.8 million metro area residents are approximately 100 miles from Columbia Care’s Deptford, NJ dispensary. While some of these metro areas include New Jersey residents, it is clear that until New York and Connecticut launch their respective adult-use markets, New Jersey cannabis operators will benefit from the significant demand from around the tri-state area and beyond.
Sales receipts are still on the horizon, but a successful roll-out of adult-use in New Jersey could have a domino effect on the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. It will be hard for politicians in neighboring states to see New Jersey government coffers fill with tax revenues generated from their own residents. While New York and Connecticut will not be too far behind, their regulators will likely be pushed to get their own programs started sooner rather than later. The same applies to the current medical only markets of Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware. All three states have either legislatures or governors in favor of legalizing adult-use cannabis and a success story in New Jersey will likely put pressure on them to follow suit.
It can be difficult to predict the future, but I strongly believe the cannabis industry is on the cusp of another major growth spurt. New Jersey is the first of many major markets to open in the next 18 to 24 months and a successful launch may pave the way for more states to move ahead with adult-use legalization efforts. Many investors are solely focused on Federal cannabis reform, but the cannabis sector truly is a state-led story. With New Jersey leading the way, there are brighter days ahead for the industry and equity performance.
Of the operators who have received approval to launch-adult-use sales, TRSSF and AAWH will see the greatest impact on their financials. As highlighted, both firms should see their top-line growth increase by high double-digits. This financial performance should be reflected in higher share prices in the near future.
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SAN DIEGO -- Jurrangelo Cijntje is one of the most intriguing prospects at the second annual Draft Combine. He was also the most impressive player on the field at Petco Park in a game featuring high schoolers Wednesday.A switch-pitcher from Champagnat Catholic School (Hialeah, Fla.), Cijntje naturally throws left-handed, but he has better stuff from the right side. He struck out five of the six hitters he fac...
SAN DIEGO -- Jurrangelo Cijntje is one of the most intriguing prospects at the second annual Draft Combine. He was also the most impressive player on the field at Petco Park in a game featuring high schoolers Wednesday.
A switch-pitcher from Champagnat Catholic School (Hialeah, Fla.), Cijntje naturally throws left-handed, but he has better stuff from the right side. He struck out five of the six hitters he faced in the third inning -- two as a lefty and three as a righty -- giving up a walk as a southpaw.
With a premium put on evaluation, teams fielded 14- and 15-man lineups, pitchers faced five or six batters per inning regardless of outs recorded and hitters who walked stayed at the plate for another at-bat with a pinch-runner sent to first. Cijntje’s Team Stripes lost 3-1 to Team Stars in a game that included six hits and 32 strikeouts in six innings.
Cijntje worked with a 94-96 mph fastball and a 79-80 mph breaking ball with 2600 rpm from the right side, and an 88-92 mph heater and a 75-76 mph breaker with 2400 rpm from the left. That’s fairly typical for the natural left-hander, who has a reversible glove that he adjusts depending on the batter.
“It’s just a great opportunity to come here and be in an MLB stadium on the mound,” Cijntje said. “I just wanted to show everyone what I can do and just have fun.”
Cijntje began throwing right-handed as a 6-year-old because he wanted to emulate his father, Mechangelo, who played professionally in the Netherlands, and liked wearing his dad’s glove. Mechangelo hammered nails into baseballs and had Jurrangelo throw at a tire to try to get the ball to stick, a drill designed to improve his accuracy. He first gained notoriety for his switch-pitching when he played for Curacao at the 2016 Little League World Series.
“I’m natural from the left side, but I think I throw harder from the right side because I was [catching and playing shortstop] my whole life,” Cijntje said. “Two years ago, I moved to Miami and started throwing with my left hand and my coach thought I was a good both-hand pitcher, so that’s how I started working back on my left hand again.”
Pat Venditte, the only truly ambidextrous pitcher in modern Major League history, reached out to Cijntje on Instagram after learning of his exploits. Cijntje throws significantly harder than Venditte, who predicted that Cijntje would be better than the five-year big leaguer was.
Whether Cijntje turns pro this summer or heads to Mississippi State remains to be seen. He’s small for a pitcher at 5-foot-11 and 170 pounds, and clubs believe his talent presently fits in the sixth- to 10th-round range, which may not be high enough to divert him from the Bulldogs.
Pitchers dominated the action Wednesday. Bishop O’Connell HS (Arlington, Va.) right-hander Jack O’Connor fanned four of the five batters he faced -- one on a 96 mph fastball, one on a 90 mph cutter and two on upper-70s curveballs. Jackson (N.J.) Memorial HS left-hander Zach Crotchfelt enjoyed similar success, notching three whiffs on 92-95 mph fastballs and a fourth on an 84 mph changeup.
Hanover HS (Mechanicsville, Va.) shortstop Seth Keller and Lake Brantley HS (Altamonte Springs. Fla.) catcher Luke Heyman each recorded a double, the only extra-base hits in the game. Braswell HS (Aubrey, Texas) third baseman Jayson Jones had the game’s highest exit velocity with a 103 mph groundout, and also drilled a 96 mph single. Cienega HS (Vail, Ariz.) center fielder Isaiah Jackson made the defensive play of the day, making a diving catch on a sinking liner to rob Alpha Charter School (Elverta, Calif.) outfielder Jaxon Byrd of a hit.
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