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 Breeze Provisioning Center in Hazel Park has begun  recreational marijuana sales.

Breeze Provisioning Center in Hazel Park has begun recreational marijuana sales.

Photo by Deb Jacques


Marijuana business begins recreational sales in Hazel Park

By: Andy Kozlowski | Madison - Park News | Published March 13, 2020

  “Puffer Pods” allow  shoppers to sample products, taking a puff and examining them through a magnifying glass before making a purchase.

“Puffer Pods” allow shoppers to sample products, taking a puff and examining them through a magnifying glass before making a purchase.

Photo by Deb Jacques

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HAZEL PARK — Hazel Park’s first recreational pot shop is now open for business.

Breeze Provisioning Center — located at 24517 John R Road, between Woodward Heights Boulevard and 10 Mile Road, in Hazel Park — is one of the first companies to open for recreational marijuana sales in Oakland County, the other being The Greenhouse in Walled Lake.

Another term for recreational marijuana is “adult use.” Recreational marijuana was decriminalized in December 2018, following voter approval the month prior.

Breeze first opened Feb. 11 selling medical marijuana products including edibles, oils and topical products. Breeze then acquired a license for recreational marijuana sales on Feb. 19. Recreational marijuana sales began March 8.

One must be age 21 or older and have an ID in order to purchase products there. There is no need for a medical marijuana card. Breeze only accepts cash, but there is an ATM on-site. The business is open seven days each week, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Menus are available at www.breeze.us.

Breeze is the retail brand of seed-to-sale business Trucenta LLC. In addition to Hazel Park, Trucenta has marijuana growing operations in other locations as well, such as Emmett Township, near Battle Creek. Two more Breeze locations are planned to open in Warren and Emmett Township, and the business plans to expand to other cities in the future.

“We called it Breeze for a number of reasons, but mainly because we wanted to make the buying experience quick and easy from the novice to the pros,” said Nowfal Akash, a Breeze partner, in a statement. “This store is great for Hazel Park as our products are grown, processed, tested, transported and now available for sale here. We have deep roots with the city and community, and many of our employees, including our store manager, live here.”

Breeze is currently the only recreational provisioning center in the city, operating on a temporary license with a full license under consideration, according to Jeff Campbell, Hazel Park’s community development director. There is one secure transporter company and two lab companies approved for recreational marijuana, as well.

In all, 25 medical marijuana licenses across six different types have been approved in the city of Hazel Park, and nearly all of them have applied for recreational licenses, now under consideration. The city also recently added an additional license category for recreational use in microbusinesses.

“If you are licensed for recreational, you need to be licensed for medical,” Campbell explained. “(The City) Council can allow you to be medical only if you the applicant wishes.”

The building now occupied by Breeze was previously an insurance office. Breeze has both growing and processing operations in Hazel Park. The company also gave back to the community by assisting with the construction of the new playscape at Scout-McPherson Park.

Hazel Park City Councilman Mike McFall said he’s optimistic about this emerging industry.

“This spark in new business development is good for our community. New businesses not only invest in their buildings and equipment, they also invest in our neighbors. Breeze employs 18 Hazel Park residents,” McFall said. “I’m proud that Hazel Park is at the forefront of recreational marijuana. Our residents voted overwhelmingly in favor of its legalization. It was only fitting that we are also home to Oakland County’s first recreational marijuana retailer.”

Marijuana businesses in Hazel Park are required by ordinance to be at least 500 feet from any operational Hazel Park public school.

Hazel Park Public Schools Superintendent Amy Kruppe was contacted for her thoughts on the industry and whether she had any wishes or concerns, but she did not respond by press time.

The Hazel Park Community Coalition and Hazel Park Mayor Michael Webb also did not respond for comment by press time.

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