Hunter S. Thompson’s widow plans to clone his personal marijuana strains and sell them

Mexican free-tailed bats emerging from the natural entrance and flying to the nearest water. (NPS/Nick Hristov)

The late Hunter S. Thompson may join the ranks of drug-loving celebrities whose names are on marijuana products. But his widow, Anita Thompson, wants to do it her way.

Mexican free-tailed bats emerging from the natural entrance and flying to the nearest water. (NPS/Nick Hristov)
Mexican free-tailed bats. (NPS/Nick Hristov)

“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,” she wrote on Facebook.

Thompson, of course, was a colorful journalist who liked to get hopped up on all kinds of drugs while writing about the contradictions and excess of American culture, as in “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.” He killed himself at his home outside Aspen in 2005.

It turns out that plenty of entrepreneurs have had this Hunter S. Thompson marijuana idea since then. Anita Thompson told The Aspen Times she had been approached ten times by growers and sellers who wanted “to slap Hunter’s name on their strain.”

Instead, his widow will be working with six different strains that he smoked. The profits will fund renovations at Owl Farm, the Thompsons’ estate. It will be turned into a museum to open at the beginning of 2017, according to Thompson. (The Aspen Times has more on that.)

Recreating the strains will be difficult, “but is not impossible. Plant matter that has been dead for a decade, too, is within the bounds of modern plant biotechnology,” the Washington Post reported.

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