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 Rochelle Park, 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 Rochelle Park, 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.
Our friendly, knowledgeable TRT and HRT experts can help answer your questions and walk you through our procedures. From there, we'll figure out which treatments are right for you. Before you know it, you'll be well on your way to looking and feeling better than you have in years!973-587-8638
The National Weather Service has issued several flash flood warnings, flood advisories and severe thunderstorm warnings because a series of thunderstorms moving across New Jersey have been dumping heavy rain and generating strong wind gusts Thursday afternoon and Thursday evening.A flash flood warnin...
The National Weather Service has issued several flash flood warnings, flood advisories and severe thunderstorm warnings because a series of thunderstorms moving across New Jersey have been dumping heavy rain and generating strong wind gusts Thursday afternoon and Thursday evening.
A flash flood warning was posted at 3:35 p.m. for northwestern sections of Bergen County and eastern sections of Passaic County, effective until 5:30 p.m.
“Between 1 and 1.5 inches of rain have fallen. Additional rainfall amounts of 0.5 to 1 inch are possible in the warned area,” the warning said. “Flash flooding is ongoing or expected to begin shortly.”
In addition, the National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for eastern Bergen County, effective until 4:15 p.m., with heavy rain and wind gusts as strong as 60 mph possible. This warning also covers parts of Bronx County and Westchester County in New York.
Among the preliminary storm reports received by the National Weather Service as of 6:15 p.m. Thursday were:
Earlier today, forecasters expressed concerns about rapid flooding because Thursday’s showers and thunderstorms could drop heavy rain on areas that are already saturated from multiple rounds of thunderstorms that occurred Wednesday night.
Some areas of New Jersey were drenched with more than 2 inches of rain on Wednesday, and they could be hit with more downpours today and tonight. Forecasters say another 1 to 2 inches of rain could fall today, with isolated pockets of 3 to 4 inches possible in areas that get hit with repeated waves of showers and thunderstorms.
In a hazardous weather outlook issued Thursday morning, the New York regional office of the National Weather Service said “heavy downpours this afternoon and evening may produce localized minor urban and poor drainage flooding, with isolated flash flooding possible” in Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Passaic and Union counties.
Note: For the most current weather advisories, watches and warnings that are active in New Jersey, check this National Weather Service alert page.
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Ascend Rochelle Park is now selling to both adult-use and medical consumers NEW YORK, April 21, 2022 /PRNewswire/ - Ascend Wellness Holdings, Inc. ("AWH" or the "Company") (CSE: AAWH.U) (OTCQX: AAWH), a multi-state, vertically integrated cannabis operator focused on bettering lives through cannabis, today anno...
Ascend Rochelle Park is now selling to both adult-use and medical consumers
NEW YORK, April 21, 2022 /PRNewswire/ - Ascend Wellness Holdings, Inc. ("AWH" or the "Company") (CSE: AAWH.U) (OTCQX: AAWH), a multi-state, vertically integrated cannabis operator focused on bettering lives through cannabis, today announced the commencement of recreational cannabis sales at their Ascend dispensary in Rochelle Park, New Jersey, located at 174 NJ-17 N.
This announcement follows AWH's recent approval by the New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission ("CRC") as one of seven Class 5 Retailer Licenses now permitted to sell recreational cannabis to consumers in New Jersey. To ensure adequate access for both medical and recreational visitors, consumers over 21 can now access a separate adult-use menu featuring a wide selection of products, including flower, edibles, vapes and more.
To provide a streamlined retail experience, Ascend Rochelle Park will require adult-use customers to reserve a 20-minute shopping appointment at letsascend.com ahead of visits. To preserve the same excellent service level our medical patients have become accustomed to, Ascend will now provide medical patients with a host of dedicated services, including the dispensary's medical express lane, direct access to the front entrance, private consultation rooms, and designated parking spots.
"Ascend Rochelle Park has served thousands of New Jersey medical patients since opening last year," said Chris Melillo, Chief Revenue Officer of AWH. "Existing patients can rest assured that they remain a priority and will continue to enjoy our top-tier services without disruption as we welcome adult-use consumers to the New Jersey Ascend community. We are excited to serve all New Jersey cannabis consumers and look forward to commencing recreational sales in our other locations across the Garden State. We look forward to continuing to partner with the town of Rochelle Park and bring great jobs to this dynamic area."
Please note, that the Rochelle Park store is open from 8 am to 8 pm daily, but the first hour and the last hour of the day are reserved for medical patients.
AWH is a vertically integrated operator with assets in Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. AWH owns and operates state-of-the-art cultivation facilities, growing award-winning strains and producing a curated selection of products. AWH produces and distributes its in-house Ozone, Ozone Reserve, and Simply Herb branded products. For more information, visit www.awholdings.com.
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Forward-looking information and statements involve and are subject to assumptions and known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors which may cause actual events, results, performance, or achievements of the Company to be materially different from future events, results, performance, and achievements expressed or implied by forward-looking information and statements herein. Such factors include, among others: the risks and uncertainties identified in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2021, and in the Company's other reports and filings with the applicable Canadian securities regulators and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Although the Company believes that any forward-looking information and statements herein are reasonable, in light of the use of assumptions and the significant risks and uncertainties inherent in such information and statements, there can be no assurance that any such forward-looking information and statements will prove to be accurate, and accordingly, readers are advised to rely on their own evaluation of such risks and uncertainties and should not place undue reliance upon such forward-looking information and statements. Any forward-looking information and statements herein are made as of the date hereof, and except as required by applicable laws, the Company assumes no obligation and disclaims any intention to update or revise any forward-looking information and statements herein or to update the reasons that actual events or results could or do differ from those projected in any forward-looking information and statements herein, whether as a result of new information, future events or results, or otherwise, except as required by applicable laws.
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New Jersey legal weed sales can begin April 21, state officials announced Thursday
The state Cannabis Regulatory Commission said it will issue licenses to seven medical marijuana dispensaries, officially known as alternative treatment centers, to also sell recreational marijuana beginning on April 21.
The seven treatment centers are now clear to sell adult use cannabis at 13 locations across the state. It is now up to each of them to decide when they will open.
Company representatives of seven alternate treatment centers — Ascend, Curaleaf, GTI, Acreage, Verano, Columbia Care and TerrAscend — told NJ Advance Media they want to open at least some of these facilities on April 21.
Those alternative treatment centers have been approved to sell recreational cannabis at their medical marijuana sites in Bellmawr, Edgewater Park, Bloomfield, Paterson, and Phillipsburg and Maplewood, Rochelle Park, Elizabeth, Lawrence, Williamstown and Egg Harbor, and Vineland and Deptford.
A spokeswoman for Verano said late Thursday that the company is planning to begin recreational cannabis sales at its sites in Elizabeth and Lawrence on April 21 starting at 9 a.m.
Acreage said it is aiming to kick off sales at The Botanist Williamstown and The Botanist Egg Harbor that day at 10 a.m.
Ascend said it wants to begin sales at its Rochelle Park facility at 8 a.m.
Green Thumb, which uses the RISE banner, confirmed to NJ Advance Media that RISE Bloomfield and RISE Paterson will open next Thursday at 6 a.m.
Curaleaf, at Bellmawr at 9:30 a.m., and Edgewater Park at 10 a.m.
TerrAscend, which uses the Apothecarium banner, at its locations in Maplewood at 9 a.m. and Phillipsburg at 10 a.m.
The Cannabist/Columbia Care, at its locations in Deptford and Vineland. Both will open for recreational weed sales at 5 p.m
Under CRC guidelines, registered patients may purchase up to 3.0 ounces of medicinal cannabis/cannabis product from an alternative treatment center every 30 days, though dosage is directed by the authorizing health care provider.
Recreational users will be able to purchase up to 1.0 ounce in a single transaction when licensed dispensaries open next Thursday.
The CRC said it would provide a list of which locations that will open on April 21 on its website as soon as the alternative treatment centers make their decisions.
“This is an exciting time for New Jersey,” said Cannabis Regulatory Commission executive director Jeff Brown. “We have been intentional and deliberate to do everything in our power to set the market on good footing to start.”
The commission on Monday gave initial approval to seven alternative treatment centers: Curaleaf, Verano, GTI, Acreage, TerrAscend, Columbia Care and Ascend Wellness.
A source representing one of the approved alternative treatment centers told NJ Advance Media that none are ready to open Monday or Tuesday, and Wednesday is 4/20, a day of celebration for cannabis users, “which the regulators want to avoid at all costs in opening any stores” due to fears of draining supplies. Thus, the source said, “Thursday is go time.”
Commission leaders stressed that alternative treatment centers will be required to meet social equity standards. They said that includes providing technical knowledge to new cannabis businesses, most notably social equity applicants.
“We remain committed to social equity,” said commission Chair Dianna Houenou. “We promised to build this market on the pillars of social equity and safety. Ultimately, we hope to see businesses and a workforce that reflect the diversity of the state, and local communities that are positively impacted by this new and growing industry.”
Wesley McWhite III, the commission’s director of diversity and inclusion, said:
“We know that drug prohibition laws have through history disproportionately impacted Black and Brown communities – and continue to do so ... A socially equitable cannabis market will have substantial representation of those communities in employment and in ownership”
The approved centers and their satellite shops will be the only facilities selling cannabis initially to both the medical and recreational market in the Garden State until smaller cultivators given conditional approval by the panel can get their operations moving and built out.
The commission has approved 102 conditional licenses for smaller cultivators and manufacturers, many of which have diverse ownership. It could take up to a year for these operations to begin selling weed.
The commission hesitated in approving the larger alternative treatment centers on March 24 for fear that there would not be enough supply to handle both the medical and recreational cannabis demand. Commission members vowed to keep a close watch on this.
Among the safeguards put in place to protect the patient population states: “If an expanded ATC fails to continue to provide adequate patient access and supply compliant with the statute and regulations, that ATC shall be fined $10,000 per day and, if access or supply is uncorrected in seven days, CRC staff recommend the Commission move to suspend” its license.
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New Jersey legal weed sales topped $24 million in the first month of the roll out at a dozen locations, according to the state Cannabis Regulatory Commission.
Actual receipts reported to the CRC showed $24,201,875.38 million in recreational weed sales from April 21 to May 21.
By all accounts, the numbers are robust and show a lot of room for growth, Jeff Brown, the CRC’s executive director, said at Tuesday’s monthly board meeting.
“It’s certainly a substantial number, but it’s really only a beginning,” Brown said. “It shows that there’s a lot of growth left — there’s a lot of opportunity left in this market still.”
Brown’s remarks came before the panel listened to presentations from three medical dispensaries, also known as three alternative treatment centers, to add stores.
Five new locations to sell adult weed were approved by the CRC on Tuesday for Woodbridge, Eatontown and Union, all owned by AYR, which recently acquired Garden State Dispensary; for Lodi, owned by TerrAscend; and for Montclair, owned by Ascend. Curaleaf in Edgewater Park also opened on Wednesday after a month delay to expand its parking lot.
“While this $24 million number sounds big, it does underlie the fact that there’s a tremendous amount of opportunity still in this market for new businesses to come in and serve this market and be successful,” Brown said.
At just over $24 million for four and a half weeks, Brown said the market was averaging about $5 million per week in recreational weed sales in a state with 9.3 million residents. The sales came from 212,433 transactions.
“We anticipate this will ramp up, particularly as new dispensaries are approved and new cultivators are approved,” said Brown at Tuesday’s meeting. “And a lot of the conditional applicants that we have approved are able to come back and convert to annual licenses and actually begin operating in either cultivating, manufacturing or retailing recreational cannabis.”
The first month figure mirrors the robust numbers from Day 1 on April 21 when a dozen stores statewide launched recreational cannabis for those 21 and over and drew more than 12,000 customers and generated total gross sale receipts of nearly $1.9 million.
The dozen legal weed stores that have been operating for more than a month are in Bellmawr, Bloomfield, Paterson, Phillipsburg, Maplewood, Rochelle Park, Elizabeth, Lawrence, Williamstown, Egg Harbor, Vineland and Deptford.
The state gets its cut as recreational cannabis is subject to a 6.625% sales tax as well as additional local and excise taxes.
Gov. Phil Murphy, who championed legalizing adult weed and signed the new cannabis law on Feb. 22, 2021, revised budget numbers to anticipate $4 million in state taxes from adult weed sales for the fiscal year that ends June 30.
Murphy’s proposed $48.9 billion budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1 — which is being currently reviewed by lawmakers — expects the state will take in $19.1 million from legal weed taxes. The $24 million in sales for the first month projects to that exact sales tax estimate — $19.1 million — over a full year.
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New Jersey is buzzing about recreational cannabis sales which begin today, 4/21, at a handful of politically-connected pot shops scattered across the state. But the activists who did the work to make it all happen, they all celebrated in Trenton yesterday, on 4/20, the holiday of stoners. Through the smoke and haze, the message was resounding: the black market is alive and will thrive as long as NJ’s cannabis industry is dominated by greedy dispensaries and overwhelmed regulators.So much free weed...
New Jersey is buzzing about recreational cannabis sales which begin today, 4/21, at a handful of politically-connected pot shops scattered across the state. But the activists who did the work to make it all happen, they all celebrated in Trenton yesterday, on 4/20, the holiday of stoners. Through the smoke and haze, the message was resounding: the black market is alive and will thrive as long as NJ’s cannabis industry is dominated by greedy dispensaries and overwhelmed regulators.
So much free weed
Given the novelty factor and pent up demand, there will be long lines at all 13 pot shops selling recreational weed today. Your money will overflow their tills too many times to count.
Chris Goldstein, in Trenton for the 4/20 rally, shared this metaphor:
Let me try to explain 4/21’s cannabis sales opening from an alcohol-consumer perspective: Imagine if every bottle of scotch cost $1,000 in New Jersey, had a 25% tax, and was only available for walk-up purchase in 13 locations.
Today’s milestone will come with fanfare, but once the novelty wears off, do consumers really want to spend so much money for weed that’s only so-so? I doubt it. And that’s why NJ’s black market cannabis industry will thrive for the time being.
To demonstrate their economic vitality and staying power, several black market entrepreneurs showed up at yesterday’s rally to rain down several pounds of free weed on the assembled crowd. I noticed multiple gallon-sized ziplock bag stuffed with high quality flowers, all free for anyone who raised their hand.
Not recognizing the generosity before me, I was shy at first and frankly a little stunned, no doubt the result of my abusive relationship with NJ’s over-priced medical cannabis program. But after watching a them giving away so much free weed to everyone else, I finally thrust my hand into the air.
When the guy with good stuff arrived, he urged me to take what I wanted and when I grabbed what felt a lot, my friend Tracy rolled her eyes and smiled as I stuffed my sticky, dank windfall into my bag.
“Don’t be so stuck up, Jay,” she cooed, grabbing several massive handfuls which also ended up in my bag.
When a good samaritan dumped a full-sized cooler of weed onto a picnic table, the mad scramble for free buds almost knocked me over.
“Like a bunch of stoned velociraptors!” Mr. Goldstein observed.
The whole scene, an impressive flex by the black market, left me flush with high-grade cannabis products including flowers, edibles candies, and concentrates. I weighed the buds on my kitchen scale and the bounty, 23 grams in all, would retail for about $500 dollars at one of NJ’s legal pots shops. Plus tax. Combine that with the edibles and the concentrate and I’ll be stoned 24/7 through July 4th and if I invited all my friends (plus Snoop Dogg + a herd of elephants bulls) there’s plenty for them too.
Normally, I’d namecheck anyone generous enough to pay my pot bills for the next 3 months, but I won’t this time to discourage the Attorney General from sniffing around and frankly because I don’t want them harassed by legal dispensaries looking to preserve their cartel. But they’re not hiding. And they were out in force yesterday, loads of name-branded swag all over the place.
Did I mention this all played out on the State House lawn in Trenton, our actual seat of government, without a cop in sight the entire day?
The whole things was surreal.
It almost felt like we’d won the War of Drugs.
Unionization of Pot Shops
The unionization trend taking hold at places like Starbucks and Amazon has already converted a few NJ dispensaries into union stores, ensuring a better deal for workers in NJ’s cannabis industry.
Hugh Giordano is Director of Organizing at United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW) local 360, based in Berlin, NJ. He leads efforts to raise working standards in NJ’s cannabis industry. He was on hand hand for yesterday’s 4/20 event, savoring the atmosphere.
“Workers understand their worth,” Mr. Giordano told InsiderNJ. “They understand how important their skills are to this industry. Most importantly, they see profits coming in and they don’t see that trickling down.”
In the past two weeks, Mr. Giordano scored notable victories unionizing cultivation- and dispensary workers at The Botanist in Egg Harbor as well as dispensary workers at Cannabist (aka Columbia Care) in Deptford.
Mr. Giordano described a contentious organizing process at Columbia Care where management rejected a labor peace agreement and worked to stall UFCW’s momentum. Those efforts failed when Columbia Care workers overwhelmingly voted to unionize, 14-to-1.
Mr. Giordano called Botanist a “good partner, the exact total opposite” of Columbia Care’s adversarial approach.
Don’t be fooled by all the pot smoke and tie dye. Yesterday’s cannabis carnival was comprised of some of the savviest advocates in Trenton such as Edward Grimes and Ken Wolski, two movement stalwarts already focused on making medical cannabis more affordable and improving physical access at dispensaries for cannabis consumers in wheel chairs.
Finally, here’s a list of NJ pot shops, alphabetically by county, selling recreational cannabis as of today, 4/25: