F. Scott Fitzgerald may have written that “I once thought that there were no second acts in American lives,” but he also died about 80 years too early to see the wonder that is actor and comedian Jim Belushi’s second life — in cannabis. The one-time star of K-9, Curly Sue, and According to Jim will star in his very own marijuana reality show, set to launch this summer on the Discovery Channel.
Growing Belushi will premiere on August 19 and focus on Belushi’s life as a marijuana grower on his 93-acre farm on the Rogue River in southern Oregon, in what is arguably one of the most beautiful stretches of America.
Featured appearances planned for the show include Dan Aykroyd, Judy Belushi, and the Blues Brothers, according to Discovery.
“In the upcoming Discovery series GROWING BELUSHI, viewers will get unprecedented access to Belushi’s marijuana farm in southern Oregon, as he builds a cannabis business from the ground up,” the Discovery press release reads.
The show is the latest small-screen production to normalize cannabis growing, which became central to Belushi’s life after he moved to the Rogue Valley 12 years ago. According to the Belushi’s Farm website, the actor first came out to the Rogue Valley after he was invited to join a friend from Los Angeles at his house in nearby Shady Cove.
Eventually, his friend’s caretaker showed him properties along the river including a 13 acre stretch with 1,800 feet of riverfront. Belushi “had a vision” and bought the land, and quickly began the giant task of clearing, cleaning, renovating, and refurbishing the property. His holdings along the river eventually stretched to include the 93-acre property and grow operation he runs today.
The process of renovating the property was featured on the DIY Network show “Building Belushi,” which joined other DIY Network celebrity renovation shows like “the Vanilla Ice Project” and “The Shatner Project.”
Then, in 2015, Belushi started growing cannabis with a small crop of 48 plants, and “Belushi’s Farm” was born.
But how is the herb he grows?
Belushi’s Farm features the “Belushi’s Secret Stash” assortment of well over a dozen strains, including Black Diamond OG, Blue Dragon, Crippler, Snowman Cookies, Nilla Wafers, Lemon GpG Kush, and Pre-98 Bubba Kush, among others.
Belushi has stated that his favorite strain is Cherry Pie, a cross of Grand Daddy Purple and Durban Poison, which Belushi’s Farm refers to as “the Marriage Counselor” because “it keeps him, at times, from getting agitated with his lovely wife and makes him Charming!“
Belushi has said that he doesn’t touch Black Diamond OG (a cross of Blackberry Kush and Diamond OG) because “I can’t control the experience.” The company also makes the Blues Brother line of pre rolls and cartridges — for when you’re on a mission from God and need to get extremely ripped — and plans to grow the “Captain Jacks’s Gulzar Afghanica,” which appears to be a landrace strain from Afghanistan dubbed “the Smell of SNL” (the smell of SNL would arguably be cocaine, at least in the 70s and 80s.)
Jim’s older brother John Belushi was one of the first breakout stars of SNL and one of the show’s original seven cast members. He was a wildman king of physical comedy who stole and ate up every scene he starred in, from SNL to Animal House to the Blues Brothers.
His appetites were also legendary off-camera, and led to his untimely death in 1982 at age 33 when he collapsed of an overdose at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles after taking a “speedball” of cocaine and heroin.
In a tweet earlier this year, Jim Belushi said of the man whose shadow he spent his life walking under that “if my brother John was a pothead he’d still be here today.”
That is why I became a cannabis farmer. To spread this medicine to people who need it. No family should have to go through the trauma of losing a loved one to opioids.
— Jim Belushi (@JimBelushi) June 16, 2020
He added in a subsequent tweet “that is why I became a cannabis farmer. To spread this medicine to people who need it. No family should have to go through the trauma of losing a loved one to opioids.”
In Jim’s online persona you can get a kind of poignant, bittersweet glimpse at a life that perhaps his brother could have had if he’d managed to outrun his demons — Jim smoking a cigar on a riding lawnmower on an oceanside cliff, doing topless yoga with a dog on what looks like the same cliff, and firing off middle-aged dad gripes about not being able to work a printer.
The scene we’re left with is of an actor whose star may have faded a few years back, but who clearly seems to be winning at life.