Hunter S. Thompson was a serious journalist, but is best remembered (for better or for worse) as a cheerleader for recreational drug use. His substance intake is more of a subject of interest for younger fans than his large body of political reporting. And now, that reputation might turn into a new strain of marijuana, genetically derived from Thompson's personal stash.
As marijuana continues to be mainstreamed and legalized across the country, interest in a Thompson strain has grown with it. According to Anita Thompson, his widow, says that she is now collaborating with weed growers to bring the strain to market in Colorado and other post-prohibition states.
"Since it became legal I get approached probably once a month by cannabis growers, dispensaries. 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."
Anita apparently preserved her late husband's weed stash, which included six distinct strains. Those strains are being reproduced, possibly in hybrid form, to be sold by a cannabis company.
"I was always steering toward his work and away from his lifestyle, but now I feel like I can talk more openly about his lifestyle," says Thompson. "I'm proud to do it now. Before, it was a little too risky." She also went on to say, in jest, that she was "looking forward to being a drug lord."
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More details surfaced in one of Anita's Facebook posts:
"Thank you for keeping Hunter's legacy alive in your libraries and your hearts. My email is overwhelmed so please see below for some more info about the Aspen Times article.
… 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. Although the “drug lord” phrase is silly as it doesn’t match my personality, I am looking forward to making the authentic strains available in legal states to support the Farm and the scholarships.
Thank you for keeping Hunter’s legacy alive in your libraries and your hearts. Love, Anita T."
Hunter's legacy will be alive and well in the synapses of your brain soon. Probably not in time for Christmas but who knows. This is bat country. You have to say that in a Hunter Thompson post.