Cannabis farmer and advocate, Jim Belushi, is pumped to share his passion for cannabis as the “Guest of Honor” at this year’s Cannabis Capital Convention
At the end of October, the Cannabis Capital Convention (CCC) will deliver a wave of European cannabis investment opportunities to Amsterdam. On October 30th (2019), celebrity speakers, respected industry investors, and entrepreneurs will convene on this most inspiring of locales. It’s a rare opportunity to sit as Jim Belushi talks cannabis and ignites the excitement of the green wave.
Building on the enormous success of 2018, this year’s theme is the ‘world wide wave‘ of legalization. With emphasis on upcoming changes to the European market, the spotlight is on investment opportunities. The CCC will play host to some of the leading minds of legalized markets, with the big draw being knowledge sharing.
CCC Welcomes Cannabis Industry Stars
The Dutch capital and host city has a well-documented history with cannabis, and this makes it the perfect spot to warmly welcome an array of big names from the cannabis world.
On the list of confirmed speakers, a few names stand out: DJ and cannabis advocate, Chelsea Leyland; big time cannabis investor, Richard Kilstock; research leader, Prof. Renger Witkamp; and experienced entrepreneurs, Diederik van der Reiju and Paul King of Cannafornia Farms.
However, the star attraction and ‘Guest of Honor’ is a name many recognize from Hollywood – Jim Belushi. This indie genius has been an audience favorite on screen and on stage for over thirty years. Belushi is a prolific character actor as well as a gifted musician, featured in The Sacred Hearts Band. But, perhaps the most interesting of career evolutions has turned this mega star into an important cannabis advocate and dedicated farmer.
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Jim Belushi is a Spiritual Cannabis Farmer
An outspoken supporter of the plant’s health benefits, Belushi is the founder of Belushi Farms in the state of Oregon. It is a beautiful, sprawling 93-acre property on the banks of the Rogue River where you will find only the most dedicated of growers. Captain Jack is one of these. The Captain has been a renowned grower since the 70s and, interestingly, the “backstage friend” of the Saturday Night Live writers. He even dedicated his meticulously cultivated strain, Gulzar Afghanica, to the crew with the moniker, “The Smell of SNL.”
Growing copious amounts of medical and recreational cannabis at this location isn’t really about the money for Belushi. It’s much more of a spiritual affair for the actor. “I believe so deeply in the spirit and medicine cannabis offers in healing our families, communities and the world,” he says on the Belushi Farms website,”So, I decided to let the Spirit of the Land and the Water Spirit of the Rogue River irrigate and grow this powerful cannabis medicine.”
The Motive Behind Jim’s Cannabis Farm
These are the words of someone deeply connected to the plant and its ability to heal. Unsurprisingly, Belushi is an active advocate for medial cannabis patients and their right to have total access to cannabis. Following the devastating loss of his brother, John Belushi, to a heroin overdose in 1982, he embarked on a journey of learning and healing through the growing of cannabis. Belushi believes his brother would still be alive today if cannabis was a recognized medicine in the 70s.
Helping those who truly need this medicine is a clear motive for Belushi, as is his total passion for growing the plant.
“This land, this river and its cannabis ground me and have opened my heart to even more compassion and empathy to people struggling in this world,” said the 65-year-old Chicagoan.
“Whether it’s an opiate addict, a veteran with PTSD, a grandmother who is suffering from cancer. Nine to fivers who suffer from headaches, sleepless nights, anxiety or pain. Or a mother and a father who traumatically suffer through their child’s seizures, one after another. This place is a guardian for the wellness of the plant. A wellness that enhances creativity, the taste of food, the richness of music, and the touch of your lover’s skin. It brings joy, euphoria, releases endorphins, laughter, and brings peace to relationships.”