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.
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There are always the customers whose eyes light up while scanning the inside of a brightly lit, high-vaulted cannabis dispensary for the first time — the ones who didn’t know what to expect. That never gets old for Mike Conway of Ascend Wellness Holdings.As for his business and the other six companies that kick-started recreational marijuana sales in New Jersey, they did know what to expect.Conway, a regional vice president at Ascend Wellness Hold...
There are always the customers whose eyes light up while scanning the inside of a brightly lit, high-vaulted cannabis dispensary for the first time — the ones who didn’t know what to expect. That never gets old for Mike Conway of Ascend Wellness Holdings.
As for his business and the other six companies that kick-started recreational marijuana sales in New Jersey, they did know what to expect.
Conway, a regional vice president at Ascend Wellness Holdings, said his company had a playbook for the green-lighting of New Jersey’s adult-use market prepared already, from more hectic beginnings to cannabis sales, such as Illinois’ floodgate-opening Jan. 1, 2020, launch.
Verano, another of New Jersey’s initial batch of recreational cannabis retailers, was there, too.
“Our company is headquartered in Chicago, and the market launched on New Year’s Day,” said James Leventis, a Verano executive vice president. “It was this massive event, with massive lines. People were waiting since midnight in lines for stores to open at 8 a.m. Thousands of people were formed in these lines.”
The goal of those running the combined 13 dispensaries that opened April 21 in New Jersey was to not replicate that experience, even if they understood the state’s long-awaited opening was generating excitement. They didn’t want a photo of a blocklong queue to be the takeaway from those first days of business.
And, while there were stories of ecstatic crack-of-dawn customers, and some amount of lines as well, leaders of those dispensaries believe they’ve controlled the traffic better than it has controlled them. As a whole, they’re thrilled with how the first few weeks of Garden State marijuana sales have gone. And they’re already lining up to do more business in the state.
Some kept wait times practically nonexistent with digital appointments, others had people waiting on cell phone texts to grant them entrance into a store, like those waiting on a table at a restaurant.
Ascend Wellness Holdings used a combination of approaches to keep a highly trafficked Rochelle Park dispensary from looking like a popular theme park attraction.
Conway said it earned a lot of praise for moving customers within 10 or so minutes in and out of its busy location. It had about two dozen manned registers at the ready, the most in the state, according to Conway. He added that its stores borrow more of their layout from big-box retailers than other dispensary models.
“The idea of our dispensary, which has resonated with regular cannabis users as well as new cannabis users, is that visitors would feel like they’re in an Apple Store or another high-end retailer,” he said.
The need to be prepared was obvious for Conway and others: They knew customers didn’t want to wait an hour or more to buy weed. That goes both for the customer returning to cannabis — who might be less inclined to return after a bad first impression — and regular consumers.
“And it’s really hard to nail down a customer profile, because we’ve had people from every walk of life, every background,” he said, adding, “It is fun to see someone who hasn’t touched cannabis in 35 or 45 years come in and say they can’t believe they waited so long.”
Included in that mixed customer profile is an out-of-state contingent, Conway said. About 10% of early Ascend Wellness Holdings customers are actually coming from outside New Jersey.
At Verano, Leventis said the Zen Leaf retail stores in Lawrence Township and Elizabeth have been pulling in customers relatively new to cannabis.
“That’s been one of the most amazing things for us,” he said. “Especially with these whole new product lines: tinctures, pre-rolls and other products, which medical patients have used for many years. There’s a swath of new people trying these products for the first time.”
While trying to please this new customer base, these businesses also had to ensure former medical marijuana patients weren’t displeased. Verano was one of the operators flipping the switch to adult-use cannabis sales at sites that were previously medical marijuana dispensaries. It still has a Neptune Township location just doing medical sales.
“We had to make sure medical patients coming to our dispensaries (with recreational sales) could make transactions easily and effectively,” Leventis said. “There are separate lines, separate parking spaces. We put in place a lot of procedures to make sure their access went unaffected by the advent of the adult-use program.”
Leventis, who is also a board member of the New Jersey Cannabis Trade Association, said medical marijuana operators across the state have heard a lot of concern expressed about these patients being sidelined, or supply running out for them as recreational sales got underway.
Even without much advance notice given to these dispensary operators ahead of the state’s unleashing of the market, Leventis said there’s been a concerted effort for months to match production at local cultivation facilities to expected demand.
“Inventory shortages have just not been an issue, and we’re, regardless, continuing to ramp up production as we speak,” he said. “So, it was much ado about nothing.”
Leventis said volumes remain at a high for both medical and the new recreational customers. For the latter group, he expects — based on experiences in other states — there to be some tapering off of volume in the next few months as some of the novelty wears off.
Still, operators aren’t complaining about their business outlook for the rest of the year. They think that there might be a crowd of customers avoiding some of the initial rush to dispensaries that will start to filter in.
Ziad Ghanem, chief operating officer and president of TerrAscend, another of the state’s first operators, said its stores in Phillipsburg and Maplewood have had anticipated volumes of business during the first month of recreational cannabis sales in New Jersey.
“But, we also are seeing a gradual ramping up,” he said. “We’re seeing the acquisition of new customers on a daily basis, as well as the retention of customers.”
Ghanem is excited about what’s to come. Its dispensaries are adding new products, which he boasts are rated by its customers as the highest quality in the state, and establishing more partnerships with cannabis brands.
TerrAscend has a Lodi store that it expects to come online for recreational cannabis sales any day now.
At the same time, Verano is working with Neptune Township leaders to get approval to start selling adult-use cannabis at its medical-only dispensary. And Ascend Wellness Holdings has a Montclair location it expects to turn over to recreational sales in the coming weeks, and plans for a Fort Lee dispensary later this year.
Cannabis businesses, in a positive sign for the start of the local industry and its touted benefits to the state, are clamoring for more of a foothold in New Jersey.
“We’ve worked on this for so long,” Conway said. “Seeing it come to fruition here is fantastic.”
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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ROCHELLE PARK, N.J., July 19, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Walden Farms®, makers of specialty condiments and food enhancers with unmatched attributes – zero calories, zero net carbs, zero sugar, zero fat – is entering the natural food channel for the first time with the launch of a full rebrand and improved formulation across all of their product segments, including salad dressings, coffee creamers, syrups, condiments, dips, spreads and sauces.
Following the debut of their reformulated salad dressings in May of 2021, Walden Farms has upgraded their entire product portfolio to match the new-and-improved look and taste of their dressings. Now, all Walden Farms products are formulated with real vegetables, fruit fiber, and natural flavors, removing all artificial sweeteners, flavors and dyes.
Validated by consumer research, Walden Farms' fully reformulated line has improved taste while boasting the same health attributes that Walden Farms consumers have known and loved for over fifty years. The new packaging design increases appetite appeal while highlighting its unmatched attributes of zero calorie, zero net carbs, zero sugar and zero fat nutritional claims. Walden Farms products are keto friendly, and most are vegan, dairy-free and cholesterol-free.
"As consumers demand more ingredient transparency and cleaner products overall, we want to ensure that Walden Farms products continue to deliver on meeting consumer needs. Now made with improved ingredients and tasting even better than before, consumers can confidently purchase any of Walden Farms offerings without compromising on their individual health goals," said Darcy Zbinovec, president and CEO of PANOS brands.
In conjunction with the full line reformulation, Walden Farms is also proudly announcing the verification of its top-selling dressings as Non-GMO Project Verified, including Honey Dijon, Raspberry Vinaigrette, Thousand Island, Ranch and Chipotle Ranch. Additional SKUs are currently under the verification process and will be available later this year.
"With all the steps we've taken to improve the formulation and quality of our products, crafting Non-GMO dressings was the natural next step for Walden Farms," said Deborah Sidney, senior brand manager for Walden Farms. "For the first time, consumers seeking out Non-GMO products now have the opportunity to experience the delicious taste and unmatched attributes of our top selling salad dressings."
Walden Farms is available at grocery retailers nationwide and online at waldenfarms.com. To keep up with the brand and their latest offerings, visit their website or follow them on Instagram @waldenfarms_usaofficial.
Since 1972 Walden Farms has been the leader and pioneer in bringing delicious tasting zero calorie and zero fat salad dressings to healthy eaters. Walden Farms expanded its calorie free platform into other categories including syrups, coffee creamers, condiments, spreads, dips, and sauces. For over 50 years, Walden Farms has been offering a full line of specialty condiments and food enhancers with zero calories, zero net carbs, zero sugar, zero fat and unmatched attributes versus other competitors in the marketplace. Today, the company continues to evolve to meet the demands of the growing consumer base who demand more transparency and clean products and still choose low calorie and low carb products.
Enhancing home cooking with unique and delicious flavors is our passion whether building an authentic Asian meal, deepening a stew with our cooking pastes or topping salads with a bold burst of flavor, PANOS is built on brands that are Premium, Authentic, Natural, Organic, and Specialty. Our products allow exploration of new flavors and cuisines while providing healthy options for meal preparation.
Included in its portfolio are Andrew & Everett rBGH-BST Hormone Free cheeses, KA-ME, a comprehensive line of authentic Asian food products, Walden Farms calorie-free specialties, Sesmark wholesome crackers, MI-DEL cookies, and Gluten Free pie crusts, and Amore Italian cooking pastes, and ready-to-eat pouched vegetables. For more information, please visit https://www.panosbrands.com.
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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.
This news release includes forward-looking information and statements, which may include, but are not limited to, information and statements regarding the plans, intentions, expectations, estimates, and beliefs of the Company. Words such as "expects", "continue", "will", "anticipates" and "intends" or similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based on the Company's current projections and expectations about future events and financial trends, and on certain assumptions and analysis made by the Company in light of experience and perception of historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments and other factors management believes are appropriate.
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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