Common Citizen is the fourth marijuana business to arrive in Hazel Park, joining the likes of Skymint, New Standard and Breeze Provisioning Center. Common Citizen is on Eight Mile Road while the other three are located along the John R corridor.

Common Citizen is the fourth marijuana business to arrive in Hazel Park, joining the likes of Skymint, New Standard and Breeze Provisioning Center. Common Citizen is on Eight Mile Road while the other three are located along the John R corridor.

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Fourth marijuana business opens in Hazel Park

By: Andy Kozlowski | Madison - Park News | Published October 16, 2020

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HAZEL PARK — Marijuana businesses continue to pop up in Hazel Park, in what officials hope will be a lucrative new industry for the small town.

The latest addition is Common Citizen, selling cannabis products for both medical use and recreational or “adult use.” At press time, the business planned to open later in October, open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Common Citizen also has locations in Flint, Battle Creek and Detroit, and is finalizing plans to open other locations statewide. Updates are available online at commoncitizen.com/store-locator.

“Our mission is to serve the unique, individual needs of each and every customer and patient, while unraveling misconceptions about the benefits of safe cannabis use,” said Michael Elias, CEO of Common Citizen.

The development continues this year’s trend of rehabilitating Hazel Park’s business landscape. Common Citizen, located at 877 E. Eight Mile Road, occupies a space that was previously a Budget Rent A Car. Common Citizen has already invested more than $2 million developing the site.

“We have invested heavily in the processing and retail facilities, and are in the process of building out our cultivation operation,” Elias said. “Our Hazel Park site is vertically integrated, which means we will have retail, cannabis processing and cannabis cultivation all in the same location.”

Other recreational marijuana businesses in Hazel Park include Breeze Provisioning Center, located at 24517 John R Road; New Standard, located at 24906 John R Road; and Skymint, located at 20940 John R Road.

Skymint replaced a former bar, tearing down the old building and building a new one. A nearby house was acquired and turned into a parking lot. Skymint also has locations in Ann Arbor, Bay City, Flint, Lansing, Newaygo, Nunica, Traverse City and White Cloud. The Hazel Park location opened at the end of July.

Breeze was among the first companies to open for recreational marijuana sales in the county, the other being The Greenhouse in Walled Lake. Its location was previously an insurance office. Breeze first opened Feb. 11 selling medical marijuana products including edibles, oils and topical products, and then acquired a license for recreational marijuana sales on Feb. 19. It began selling recreational marijuana March 8.

New Standard opened April 3, in the former Maytag Home Appliance Center. This involved a complete new buildout and acquisition of a house for an enhanced parking lot.

Like Common Citizen, all three businesses are provisioning centers. The new businesses have been generating jobs, as well.

“We are proud to expand job opportunities and help boost our local economies,” Elias said. “Right now, we’re planning to hire 35 people at our Hazel Park location, including 15 ‘bud-tenders,’ and up to 20 people to fill entry-level manufacturing positions at the processing facility. We have been holding outdoor job fairs in which all employees and applicants are required to wear masks and social distance at all times.”

Those interested in applying can visit indeed.com and search for “Common Citizen,” or visit commoncitizen.com/careers for more information.

“Hazel Park is a welcoming, vibrant community, and we’re proud to be part of it,” Elias said. “We first set our sights on the city about two years ago. Hazel Park is very cannabis-friendly with a progressive history, making Common Citizen a perfect fit. Also, our Hazel Park location borders Detroit and several other big cities where people currently don’t have access to adult-use cannabis. We expect between 600 and 800 people visiting the retail location daily, with significant traffic from I-75, the service drive and Eight Mile Road.”

Elias also noted that in addition to local hires and more than $2 million invested in the community in construction dollars, Common Citizen will also connect with city officials and local activists to identify other areas where they can make a difference. This would follow the trend of giving back seen in the other businesses. For example, New Standard donated $10,000 to the Patroncity Fund that helped Hazel Park businesses hurt by the pandemic, while Breeze assisted with the construction of the new playscape at Scout-McPherson Park.

Hazel Park City Councilman Mike McFall said that he is excited by the new businesses opening in Hazel Park.  

“Common Citizen will be a nice addition to our community and provide good-paying jobs for our residents,” McFall said. “This is our city’s fourth marijuana provisioning center, making Hazel Park a destination for people from all across the region — people who not only spend money at our city’s provisioning centers, they also eat at our restaurants, drink at our bars and shop at our stores while here supporting our city’s other small businesses.”

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