Testosterone is a crucial hormone for men and plays an important role throughout the male lifespan. Most of a male's testosterone is produced through the testicles. Also called the male sex hormone, testosterone starts playing its part during puberty.
When a male goes through puberty, testosterone helps males develop:
As boys turn to men and men grow older, testosterone levels deplete naturally. Sometimes, events like injuries and chronic health conditions like diabetes can lower testosterone levels. Unfortunately, when a man loses too much T, it results in hypogonadism. When this happens, the testosterone must be replaced, or the male will suffer from symptoms like muscle loss, low libido, and even depression.
TRT is exactly what it sounds like: a treatment option for men that replaces testosterone so that your body regulates hormones properly and restores balance to your life. Also called androgen replacement therapy, TRT alleviates the symptoms that men experience with low T.
Originally lab-synthesized in 1935, testosterone has grown in popularity since it was produced. Today, TRT and other testosterone treatments are among the most popular prescriptions in the U.S.
Without getting too deep into the science, TRT works by giving your body the essential testosterone it needs to function correctly. As the primary androgen for both males and females, testosterone impacts many of the body's natural processes â especially those needed for overall health. For example, men with low T are more prone to serious problems like cardiovascular disease and even type-2 diabetes.
When your body quits making enough testosterone, it causes your health to suffer until a solution is presented. That's where TRT and anti-aging medicine for men can help. TRT helps balance your hormones and replenish your depleted testosterone. With time, your body will begin to heal, and many symptoms like low libido and irritability begin to diminish.
For men, aging is the biggest contributor to lower testosterone levels, though there are other causes like obesity, drug abuse, testicular injuries, and certain prescribed medications. Sometimes, long-term health conditions like AIDS, cirrhosis of the liver, and kidney disease can lower testosterone levels.
When a man's testosterone levels drop significantly, it alters his body's ratio of estrogen and testosterone. Lower testosterone levels cause more abdominal fat, which in turn results in increased aromatase, which converts even more testosterone into estrogen.
If you're concerned that you might have low T, you're not alone. Millions of men in the U.S. feel the same way. The best way to find out if your testosterone is low is to get your levels tested.
For sustainable testosterone replacement therapy benefits, you must consult with hormone doctors and experts like those you can find at Global Life Rejuvenation. That way, you can find the root cause of your hormone problems, and our team can craft a personalized HRT plan tailored to your needs.
One of the most common reasons that men choose TRT is because they have lost that "spark" with their partner. It's not easy for a man to hear that they're not performing like they used to. Intimacy is a powerful part of any relationship. When a once-healthy sex life dwindles, it can cause serious relationship issues.
The good news is that low libido doesn't have to be a permanent problem. TRT and anti-aging medicines help revert hormone levels back into their normal range. When this happens, many men have a more enjoyable life full of intimacy and sex drive.
Weak erections â it's an uncomfortable subject for many men in the U.S. to talk about. It's even worse to experience first-hand. You're in the midst of an intimate moment, and you can't do your part. Despite being perfectly normal, many men put blame and shame upon themselves when they can't achieve an erection. And while the inability to perform sexually can be caused by poor diet, obesity, and chronic health conditions, low testosterone is often a contributing factor.
Fortunately, weak erections are a treatable condition. The best way to regain your confidence and ability in bed is to speak with your doctor. Once any underlying conditions are discovered, options like TRT may be the best course of treatment.
Do you find it harder and harder to work out and lift weights in the gym? Are you having problems lifting heavy items that you once had no problem lifting?
Recent studies show that when men are inactive, they lose .5% of muscle strength every year, from ages 25 to 60. After 60, muscle loss doubles every decade. While some muscle loss is common as men age, a significant portion can be tied to low testosterone levels. When a man's T levels drop, so does his muscle mass.
Testosterone is a much-needed component used in gaining and retaining muscle mass. That's why many doctors prescribe TRT Alpha, NJ, for men having problems with strength. One recent study found that men who increased their testosterone levels using TRT gained as much as 2.5 pounds of muscle mass.
Whether your gym performance is lacking, or you can't lift heavy items like you used to, don't blame it all on age. You could be suffering from hypogonadism.
If you're like millions of other men in their late 20s and 30s, dealing with hair loss is a reality you don't want to face. Closely related to testosterone decline and hormone imbalances, hair loss is distressing for many men. This common symptom is often related to a derivative of testosterone called DHT. Excess amounts of DHT cause hair follicles to halt their production, causing follicles to die.
Because hair located at the front and crown is more sensitive to DHT, it grows slower than other follicles and eventually stops growing permanently. Thankfully, TRT and anti-aging treatments for men in Alpha, NJ, is now available to address hair loss for good.
While it's true that you can't change your genes, you can change the effects of low testosterone on your body. Whether you're suffering from thinning hair or hair loss across your entire head, TRT and other hormone therapies can stop hair loss and even reverse the process.
Also called "man boobs," gynecomastia is essentially the enlargement of male breast tissue. This increase in fatty tissue is often caused by hormonal imbalances and an increase in estrogen. For men, estrogen levels are elevated during andropause. Also called male menopause, andropause usually happens because of a lack of testosterone.
If you're a man between the ages of 40 and 55, and you're embarrassed by having large breasts, don't lose hope. TRT is a safe, effective way to eliminate the underlying cause of gynecomastia without invasive surgery. With a custom HRT and fitness program, you can bring your testosterone and estrogen levels back to normal before you know it.
Decreased energy was once considered a normal part of aging. Today, many doctors know better. Advances in technology and our understanding of testosterone show that low T and lack of energy often go hand-in-hand.
If you're struggling to enjoy activities like playing with your kids or hiking in a park due to lack of energy, it could be a sign of low T. Of course, getting tired is perfectly normal for any man. But if you're suffering from continual fatigue, a lack of enjoyment, or a decrease in energy, it might be time to speak with a doctor.
Whether you're having a tough time getting through your day or can't finish activities you used to love, TRT could help.
A study from 2011 showed that men who lose a week's worth of sleep can experience lowered testosterone levels â as much as 15%, according to experts. Additional research into the topic found almost 15% of workers only get five hours of sleep (or less) per night. These findings suggest that sleep loss negatively impacts T levels and wellbeing.
The bottom line is that men who have trouble sleeping often suffer from lower testosterone levels as a result. If you find yourself exhausted at the end of the day but toss and turn all night long, you might have low T.
TRT and anti-aging medicines can restore your T levels back to normal, which can help you sleep better with proper diet and exercise.
You're feeling down about everything, and there's no solid explanation for why you're in such a crummy mood. Your daily life is great and full of success, but you can't help but feel unexcited and unmotivated. If you're experiencing symptoms like these, you may be depressed â and it may stem from low testosterone.
A research study from Munich found that men with depression also commonly had low testosterone levels. This same study also found that depressed men had cortisol levels that were 67% higher than other men. Because higher cortisol levels lead to lower levels of testosterone, the chances of severe depression increase.
Depression is a very real disorder and should always be diagnosed and treated by your doctor. One treatment option gaining in popularity is TRT for depression. Studies show that when TRT is used to restore hormone levels, men enjoy a lighter, more improved mood. That's great news for men who are depressed and have not had success with other treatments like anti-depression medicines, which alter the brain's chemistry.
Ask anyone over the age of 50 how their memory is, and they'll tell you it wasn't what it used to be. Memory loss and lack of concentration occur naturally as we age â these aren't always signs of dementia or Alzheimer's.
However, what many men consider a symptom of age may be caused by low testosterone. A 2006 study found that males with low T levels performed poorly on cognitive skill tests. These results suggest that low testosterone may play a part in reducing cognitive ability. If you're having trouble staying on task or remembering what your schedule is for the day, it might not be due to your age. It might be because your testosterone levels are too low. If you're having trouble concentrating or remembering daily tasks, it could be time to talk to your doctor.
Why? The aforementioned study found that participating men experienced improved cognitive skills when using TRT.
Even though today's society is more inclusive of large people, few adults enjoy gaining weight as they age. Despite their best efforts, many men just can't shed the extra pounds around their midsections, increasing their risk of heart disease and cancer.
Often, male weight gain is caused by hormone imbalances that slow the metabolism and cause weight to pile on. This phase of life is called andropause and happens when there is a lack of testosterone in the body. Couple that with high cortisol levels, and you've got a recipe for flabby guts and double chins.
Fortunately, TRT treatments and physician-led weight loss programs can correct hormone imbalances and lead to healthy weight loss for men.
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.
Benefits of Sermorelin include:
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 is suitable for both men and women. It provides significant short and long-term benefits in age management therapies, boosting patients' 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:
Whether you are considering our TRT services, HRT for women, or our growth hormone peptide services, we are here to help. The first step to turning back the hand of time starts by contacting Global Life Rejuvenation.
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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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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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