MILLBURN, NJ — The downtown business district officially has its newest member, as Garden State Hemp cut the ribbon on their new physical storefront, located at 327 Millburn Avenue.

Members of the Millburn Chamber of Commerce and local government were on hand for the ribbon-cutting. Shortly after the ceremony, Garden State Hemp owner Carl Burwell spoke with TAPinto about topics related to the store. Burwell is the Founder and Chief Executive of Green Passions Industries LLC, the company that owns the store.

Burwell explained that Garden State Hemp was the first store under the Green Passions ownership, and was owned by him and his partner Jonathan Rojas, the co-founder and COO of the company. For Burwell, bringing his company to a physical storefront was the next logical step with the company.

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While the duo plans to open other stores under the Garden State Hemp name, the store in Millburn will serve as the flagship for online orders and other business portions.

"We understood the need for pushing cannabis education, and educating as many communities as possible about the benefits and the different administration methods, and types of cannabis that there were," Burwell said.

He spoke the variety of products available for purchase, including tinctures, creams and other products, as well as a variety of objects made out of hemp, such as handbags, backpacks, dog toys and more.

Another topic touched upon by Burwell was the discussion over marijuana legalization in America. Burwell said that he wanted to dispel some of the stereotypes around the use of CBD, and said he hoped to get one major thing across to 

"My biggest push is that people who think it's addictive, people who still have that negative connotation about Hemp and CBD, my biggest thing is just to get educated and learn about the benefits," Burwell said. "Read and listen to a few patient testimonials of people who suffer from serious illnesses, serious chronic pain, some of the anecdotal benefits that they've received."

Burwell also noted that once the shop was up and running the plan was to host events, including CBD yoga and presentations on how CBD can be worked into people's daily lives.

Millburn Mayor Diane Thall-Eglow spoke about the business opening, and said that welcoming the business to downtown was key to making Millburn's business district an exciting place.

"I think it's very exciting," Thall-Eglow said. "And I think that we are doing everything we can to invite and encourage new types of businesses in town, and this is going to be the first of many new and exciting endeavors, and I think Millburn is going to be a more exciting place. We're doing it right, and we welcome Garden State Hemp."