It’s no secret that great American writer Hunter S. Thompson had an insatiable appetite for drugs and mischief for the better part of five decades. One of his vices was marijuana, a vice enjoyed by millions, both recreationally and medicinally, since mankind figured out how extract the magic from the cannabis plant many millennia ago.
Hunter S. Thompson was fond of marijuana. He was also especially outspoke about the hypocritical illegality of marijuana, right up until his death in 2005. One of my all time favorite quips from Hunter on weed comes from a 2003 interview in High Times magazine where they asked him if he still smoked:
There’s also this gem that’s made it’s way to every marijuana-themed Instagram account over the last five years:
Now that marijuana is legalized in Colorado and a mainstream political issue, Hunter’s widow, Anita Thompson (full disclosure: Also my former boss), is figuring out a way for smokers to legally toke bud resurrected from Hunter S. Thompson’s personal stash. In an interview with Andrew Travers of the Aspen Times about the future of Owl Farm, Anita disclosed how she’s working with marijuana companies to get an official Hunter S. Thompson strain in dispensaries around Colorado and other legal states:
“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.”
Thompson said she has, however, saved six different strains of cannabis that the “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” author actually smoked. She is now working with a cannabis company to grow those strains — or hybrids of them — and sell them to the public. She said she was glad that she held off on partnering on a marijuana brand until it could be done right.
“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,” she said. “I’m proud to do it now. Before, it was a little too risky.”
She added with a laugh: “I’m looking forward to being a drug lord.”
On Facebook she elaborated one step further:
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.