Cannabis’ Newest Celebrity Promoter: Actor Jim Belushi

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At one of the many after-parties surrounding the Milken Institute Global Conference, Jim Belushi charmed a crowd of diners with jokes and harmonica playing. But the actor and comedian wasn’t there as the entertainment: He was on a mission to promote marijuana.

Belushi’s $38.5 million Los Angeles mansion was the setting Tuesday night for Green Table Global’s latest exclusive dinner, where about 150 people mingled in the expansive backyard. Green Table hosts events to bring together wealthy investors and cannabis entrepreneurs.

“So nice to host all you gentlemen and ladies in the money honey business,” Belushi said in his opening remarks after treating seated diners to a song and a few jokes. “You’re going to make money in this space. But you’re going to have a sense of healing our community. You’re going to have a sense of doing something really important — and making money.”

Belushi, 63, the younger brother of the late John Belushi, was speaking from personal experience. He owns a farm in Oregon where he grows cannabis. He rolled out his Vault dispensaries this year and plans to launch a brand of pot in the near future named after the Blues Brothers, the musical duo originally played by his brother and Dan Aykroyd.

“I believe in this medicine,” he said. “I’m a celebrity. I could be arrested immediately — and I want to be, by the way, because I want to send the message out that this takes opioids off the street.”