Detroit native Terry Wallace Jr., better known by his stage name, Tee Grizzley, will be visiting his hometown Friday to perform at the Aretha Franklin Amphitheatre for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic, but that’s not the only reason he will be here.
Grizzley will also launch his new cannabis line called Grizzley Gas. The line includes four strains: The Original Grizzley Gas, Marshmallow OG, Jet Fuel Gelato, and East Side OG. The product will be available on Saturday at Levels on Sherwood in Centerline.
The rapper said his main purpose in creating Grizzley Gas is to provide a product that is based in Michigan.
“I know a lot of people outsource for their cannabis and go to other states. I wanted to bring something that is from home, for home,” Grizzley said.
Grizzley Gas has been in the works since 2019, Grizzley said. He was involved in the entire process, from deciding the flavors of each product to the packaging and even creating the names.
“Different aspects of the flowers inspired the names,” he said. The name Jet Fuel Gelato came from Grizzley wanting to use another word other than gas to describe the potent flavor of the flower.
“This has been in the works for a while just to make sure we do everything right. We didn’t just want to rush anything out there. We wanted to make sure everything made sense from the packaging to the flower,” Grizzley said.
Grizzley said he knows a lot of people who use cannabis for its health benefits, which is why he wants to provide the best product for his customers.
“My expectation is to give people a great product … and hopefully make it their primary flower when they shop for it,” he said. “It will be the best in Michigan and that’s something that I’m proud to say.”
While this is Grizzley’s first venture in the cannabis business, he has made investments in real estate, gaming, and cryptocurrency.
“Whatever you could think of, I probably have my hands in it,” he said. “I have a lot of other business ventures, but this is the one I am excited about.”
Although Grizzley is investing in the cannabis business, he does not drink or use drugs because of his experiences with people who have used them. “People that was smoking fell asleep at the light with drugs on them and got locked up,” he said in an interview last year.
The rapper’s views have changed since last year. He said that he does not consider weed a drug because it is a flower.
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Levels will be celebrating the grand opening of the first of 16 dispensaries in Michigan. The event will take place on Aug. 20-21 at 23968 Sherwood, Centerline from 11- 7 p.m.
‘Grizzley Gas’ will be featured in the other locations across Michigan as Levels expands. Grizzley said edible products will be available within the next six months for people who don’t smoke.
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