“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.”
That’s right, the Gonzo great is being honoured in a way he would be proud of. Hunter S. Thompson, the acclaimed writer of classic’s like “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,” and “The Rum Diary” is back in the headlines thanks to his widow Anita Thompson, who recently announced her plans to clone six strains of his favourite weed which she has kept for more than a decade.
“I have found a legal method to extract the DNA from Hunter’s personal marijuana and hashish that I saved for 12-15 years. I am in the process of making the strains available to those who would like to enjoy the authentic Gonzo strains in legal states.”
Since smoking a joint became legal in Thompson’s adopted home state of Colorado, (the location of Owl Farm, his home and famous base of operations) Anita has been inundated with requests to borrow the writer’s name solely for marijuana marketability. She told the Aspen Times:
“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.”
Instead she is working with a cannabis company to produce her own product for a good cause. Proceeds from sales with go into renovating Owl Farm and creating a museum on the property, peacocks and all. The preserved Owl Farm would be open to visitors by appointment only. She is tentatively aiming have it ready by May 2017.
Photo: Anita Thompson
Next year is already looking brighter.
Loaded staff writer Danielle De La Bastide has lived all over the planet and written for BuzzFeed, Thought Catalog as well as print publications throughout the Caribbean.