Many celebrities have spoken earnestly about their activism surrounding cannabis legalization, but perhaps few have so boldly proclaimed how far they’re willing to take it. Actor and comedian Jim Belushi revealed that when it comes to educating the mainstream on cannabis, he’s willing to go to jail over it.
“I believe in this medicine,” Belushi told Bloomberg. “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.”
Belushi played host to one of the many after-parties around the Milken Institute’s Global Conference at his $38.5 million Los Angeles mansion this week. The dinner was organized by Green Table Global, which specializes in “premium dinner events where we bring together influencers, investors and experts to exchange ideas, support and resources.”
“So nice to host all you gentlemen and ladies in the money honey business,” Belushi said in his opening remarks. “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.
Other notable guests at the dinner included “Shark Tank”’s Kevin O’Leary and US Representative Tim Ryan, the Ohio Democrat.