The 65-year-old became a gentleman weed farmer a few years ago after Oregon legalized cannabis use. Now he wants Belushi Farms to go national, using the well-known Blues Brothers brand and building a serious company. He grows and sells products under other brand names in Oregon.
A key test of his growth strategy will be getting into stores in his home state of Illinois when recreational marijuana goes legal next year. “Illinois is going to be a huge market,” says Belushi, who grew up in Wheaton but has lived in Los Angeles for a couple of decades. “I want to be on the shelves come Jan. 1.” He says he’s serious about plans to drive a replica of the Bluesmobile—topped with a joint instead of a giant PA speaker—on Lake Street under the el to mark the occasion.
Published: July 03, 2019
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