Spark in the Park proposal showcases divide over recreational cannabis

Spark in the Park Hazel Park with Julian Marley

UPDATE APRIL 14, 2022: WXYZ Detroit reports that the City of Hazel Park has REJECTED the application for Spark in the Park citing public safety concerns as the proposed location is in the middle of a residential neighborhood.

Spark in the Park Hazel Park with Julian MarleyVictor Williams of Click on Detroit shares that some info on the proposed Hazel Park cannabis festival Spark in the Park:

(Curtis) Schabazz is excited about the proposed two-day marijuana and music festival called Spark in the Park. It’s set to take place right across from his home at Green Acres Park. Around 4,200 people are expected to attend.

“It’s about damn time. We legalized a few years ago. We decriminalized in this area way farther than that. Tommy Chong has a key to the city for Hazel Park. So, that right there kind of gives you that vibe and feel,” Schabazz said.

Diana Wise on the other hand is not a fan. “It’s a family park. It’s small. They really need to go to a bigger place. They don’t have parking. They’re going to be up and down the side streets with little kids trying to play and even if they’re not,” Wise said.

If the festival is approved, it would take place on June 18 and 19. It would be Metro Detroit’s first music festival with licensed recreational marijuana. Around 20 bands and artists are set to play. Acts featured so far include Julian Marley and members of the Wu-Tang Clan.

…The promoter has gone before the council twice before to get final approval for the festival. Another meeting is scheduled for next week.

More at Click on Detroit.

You can head over to the Spark in the Park website for information about the lineup slated to include Julian Marley and other national recording artists, amazing food trucks, talented craft vendors, and MIchigan’s best craft cannabis brands & retailers.

photo courtesy Spark in the Park on Instagram.