Hogansburg, N. Y. — A company owned by actor and comedian Jim Belushi has been awarded the latest license to operate a dispensary selling recreational marijuana on Northern New York’s Saint Regis (Akwesasne) Mohawk Tribe territory.
Belushi, a star of television and film, and the younger brother of the late actor John Belushi, was on hand last week for the ribbon-cutting of the shop on State Route 37 near the U.S.-Canadian border in Franklin County, according to a news release from the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Council.
The license went to a franchise of Belushi Farms, a cannabis producer Jim Belushi started in Oregon in 2015. It now also has locations in Colorado, Oklahoma, Illinois and Massachusetts. Fees collected from that and other licensed dispensaries on the Mohawk territory will support tribal programs and services, the council said.
The Saint Regis Tribal Council began awarding licenses for marijuana dispensaries in December 2021. That puts the Mohawks, along with other sovereign Indian nations in New York, well ahead of the state’s own licensing for legal marijuana retailers.
The Indian nation dispensaries are the only legal retailers of recreational marijuana to operate since the state legalized possession of weed for those over 21 in April 2021.