The Blues Brothers made their way through Tulsa, Oklahoma for a performance at Cain’s Ballroom last week, on the way getting a preview of the state’s medical cannabis industry.
With a storied history dating back to 1978 that has had Brothers dancing, singing, embracing comedy and more through the decades, Dan Aykroyd and Jim Belushi are now embracing the ever-growing, legal cannabis industry.
The duo are partnering with Oklahoma’s Glazed Edibles and Red-Bird Bioscience to create their own line of cannabis products.
“I am privileged to work with the new pioneers of Oklahoma,” Aykroyd told Tulsa’s News 6. “This was one of the strictest states that prevented cannabis use and now it’s completely turned around into a sensible place.”
Oklahoma residents voted to legalize medical cannabis in June 2018.
The Blues Brothers said they are breaking into the cannabis industry to be part of the emerging healthcare movement in Oklahoma, but also to tackle the opioid crisis and expand veterans outreach.
“We believe that cannabis is one of the great, great medicines that can lead to a pathway of healing. We’re on a mission from God,” Belushi said.
“We are,” Aykroyd agreed.
They said that part of tackling the opioid crisis is by approaching the stigma behind medical cannabis and pushing for accessibility and acceptance of cannabis as a medicine.
“My dad, CBD oil, 96 years old, he goes to sleep. Your friends, cancer survivors that we’ve known, people in our family with stress and trauma. My brother John who passed of an overdose,” they said.
Fans came into Seed Cannabis Company on Tuesday afternoon to meet The Blues Brothers, who signed autographs, took photos and showed off the merchandise.
“Part of a crusade and it’s a lot of fun, and we are also capitalists and entrepreneurs,” Belushi said, though he said ultimately they are in the business of making people feel good, calling cannabis and music, together, a “natural blend.”
Belushi’s Farm has a number of brands, including the Blues Brothers brand, along with Captain Jack’s and Belushi’s Secret Stash. Products are currently available in Oregon, Colorado and Illinois, in addition to Oklahoma.
They expand on the unity between cannabis and music on the Belushi’s Farm website, posing the question, “Why is cannabis such an effective substance for the various needs of human beings?”
The answer they provide is, as with music, people are naturally wired with endocannabinoid receptors organic to us all and waiting to receive the benefits of cannabis, just as our music receptors are naturally ready to receive the stimulus of music.
“In delivering superior experiences to audiences, The Blues Brothers established a level and standard of undisputed high quality,” the site reads. “The promise of the Blues Brothers brand for cannabis is just that: to deliver the best possible stimuli to our endo-cannabinoid receptors.”
In that, the site promises to live up to the reputation for “professionalism and consumer satisfaction” that was established by John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd more than four decades ago.
The state could also soon be on the way to another cannabis milestone: Oklahoma reform advocates also recently filed a petition for a ballot initiative that would legalize adult-use cannabis in the state.
“A lot of this is stuff that has been advocated for by a lot of folks in the community and industry over the last three years, and I don’t see it’s going to make it through the legislative process any time soon,” said Jed Green, an organizer for Oklahomans for Responsible Cannabis Action, which submitted the initiative and a second proposal that would modify the state’s current medical program.
The recreational initiative, called the Oklahoma Marijuana Regulation and Right to Use Act, would legalize cannabis for adults 21 and older. The proposal would allow adults to possess up to eight ounces of cannabis purchased from licensed retailers.