Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas author and father of Gonzo journalism Hunter S. Thompson’s personal weed stash will become available to the public soon. Anita Thompson, widow of the legendary writer, has found a way to genetically clone a weed stash Thompson was smoking in the years leading up to his death. She plans to sell 6 Gonzo strains in states where the plant has been legalized. She joked to the Aspen Times about becoming a “drug lord”, something she describes as being outside of her personality, as she sets forth with the new business plan to honor her husband and his legacy.
Thompson’s Gonzo Weed Plans
Thompson has been vocal about her plans, sharing them with Aspen Times and on social media in general. She recently made a post on Facebook saying “I have found a legal method to extract the DNA from Hunter’s personal marijuana and hashish. I am in the process of making the strains available to those who would like to enjoy the authentic Gonzo strains in legal states. I am looking forward to making the authentic strains available in legal states to support the farm and the scholarships.” The strains she intends to clone come from 6 that she collected and held onto from 12-15 years earlier.
Sustaining Owl Farm on an Old Weed Stash
Although Hunter S. Thompson committed suicide in 2005, Anita only recently acquired the rights to Thompson’s likeness, the Gonzo logo and Owl Farm, which was Thompson’s home. Owl Farm is located in Colorado where both medical and recreational marijuana are legal. She has chosen to use her inheritance to create and sell the Gonzo marijuana strains and use the profits to make Owl Farm into a museum that houses retreats for writers and musicians. She also set up 2 scholarships in Thompson’s name. One is a journalism scholarship for students at the University of Kentucky where Hunter S. Thompson’s parents met. The other is to be distributed amongst military veterans attending Columbia University.
About Hunter S. Thompson
Thompson’s Gonzo journalism was a writing style wherein the journalist became a part of the story. Objectivity is left behind and the story is told from a personal, subjective point of view. The term was initially used to describe an article written by Thompson in 1970. The style was later popularized by Thompson in the following years. It expresses a reporter’s experience and emotion as opposed to facts and is often riddled with satirical and sarcastic humor, exaggeration and profanity. Thompson told The Atlantic in an online interview, “I don’t get any satisfaction out of the old traditional journalist’s view: ‘I just covered the story. I just gave it a balanced view.’ Objective journalism is one of the main reasons American politics has been allowed to be so corrupt for so long. You can’t be objective about Nixon.”
Now fans and both budding and established artists can access the Gonzo spirit, experiencing Thompson’s weed stash in any of the 8 states and D.C. that has legal weed. The author had claimed many times to derive great comfort from marijuana and, as far as legacies go, the scholarships, the retreat and the Gonzo marijuana strains all seem to be appropriate tributes to the legendary writer.