Belushi’s Farm, a vertically integrated cannabis and CBD company owned by American actor and comedian Jim Belushi has been awarded a license to operate an adult-use dispensary on Saint Regis (Akwesasne) Mohawk Tribe territory in upstate New York.
Belushi founded Belushi’s Farm in 2015 to operate within Oregon’s medical cannabis market. The company segued into the CBD market last year, launching k-9ine, a full-spectrum CBD tincture for pets inspired by Belushi’s dog, Taro. Since its launch, Belushi’s Farm products have expanded to Colorado, Oklahoma, Illinois, Massachusetts, and now, New York.
While adult-use cannabis sales have yet to launch in New York, Native American nations have sovereignty, which enables their tribal governments to develop their own set of rules and regulations regarding cannabis, Politico reported.
There are currently 16 licensed retailers and five licensed cultivators under the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal (SRMT) Council, according to the SRMT Cannabis Control Board,
Tribal fees collected from Belushi’s Farm in Akwesasne—located at 987 State Route 37—and other licensed dispensaries on the Mohawk territory will be used to help support community programs and services, according to a press release from SRMT Council.
Adult-use sales in New York are on track to launch by the end of this year. Regulators are currently reviewing more than 900 retail license applications, and the state’s Office of Cannabis Management released guidance Oct. 28, which sets expectations for those awarded a retail license.