Get ready to buy the ticket and take the ride with weed from journalist Hunter S. Thompson’s private stash.
The widow of the Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas author is working to clone six of Thompson’s favorite strains, according to recent reports. Anita Thompson claims she’s been holding onto marijuana and hashish from the man who invented “Gonzo” journalism for the past 12 to 15 years (because, of course that’s what you’d do with it), in order to extract the DNA from the plants.
Though details on the exact process are under wraps, Thompson said she is working with a company to create “Gonzo” strains for the recreational market.
Speaking to the Aspen Times, Thompson said: “Since it became legal I get approached probably once a month by cannabis growers, dispensaries,” Thompson said. “I’ve had probably 10 meetings in the last three years and I always ended up saying ‘No’ because it’s the same story every time: somebody wants to slap Hunter’s name on their strain.”
“If I put Hunter’s name on somebody else’s strain I can never go back and say, ‘No, this is the authentic one,’” she said, “I’m looking forward to being a drug lord.”
Hunter S. Thompson was best known for popularizing the ‘Gonzo Journalism’ style of writing, fueled by his liberal use of drugs and alcohol. Anita Thompson married him in 2003, two years before his suicide.
The decision is part of a plan to financially support the late writer’s Owl Farm property in Colorado, where she continues to reside. After legal discussions with the estate’s attorneys and trustees they came to an agreement where, in order to buy the property, she gave up her rights as a beneficiary of her husband’s book sales but gained full ownership rights to the “Gonzo” logo and Thompson’s likeness.
“So I own the house, the property, the logo and Hunter’s likeness,” she said. “And now I can protect it, as I always have, but now I can do it with full ownership.”
Anita Thompson has posted about her plans for Owl Farm and the ‘Gonzo strains’ on her personal Facebook page;
Would Hunter approve? Maybe Thompson said it best when he said: “I have always loved marijuana. It has been a source of joy and comfort to me for many years. And I still think of it as a basic staple of life, along with beer and ice and grapefruits – and millions of Americans agree with me.”