Soon you will be able to smoke a cannabis flower cloned from the private stash of a man who killed himself and had his ashes fired out of a cannon shaped like a fist. If that isn’t the most stoner-ist story we could publish, then we don’t know what is.
The weed of Hunter S. Thompson, the one time legendary Rolling Stone writer, the man who defined a generation with books such as Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail, and Hells Angels, the man who was played by not only Bill Murray but by Johnny Depp twice (and one of those times was in 1998 when Johnny Depp was the coolest guy on the planet, not the haggard wife-beater who’s in those pirates movies that are still getting made), is going to be made available on the market soon.
His widow Anita Thompson told the Aspen Times that she’s planning to clone Hunter’s personal weed stash Jurassic Park-style, and sell it on the Colorado market. “I’m looking forward to being a drug lord,” she said.
The decision to sell cannabis with the official Hunter S. Thompson brand was not made lightly. Anita said that since marijuana became legal in Colorado she would “get approached probably once a month by cannabis growers, dispensaries.”
“I’ve had probably 10 meetings in the last three years,” Thompson said, “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.”
When she realized she could sell weed that truly came from her late husband, she got on board. She’s cloning six strains of the celebrated author’s stash in collaboration with a marijuana company.
The move also comes after some shrewd business dealings Thompson had to navigate in order to get the legal rights involved. While Hunter’s will left Anita the right to reside on his property, a 42 acre “fortified compound” called Owl Farm, it did not give her ownership. Ownership of the land fell to the so-called Gonzo Trust, a group of lawyers and trustees.
Through the nuances of real estate, which are beyond the intellect of the Dabs Mag staff, occupancy rights of the land were actually more valuable than the farm itself. So Anita leveraged that to make a purchase of Owl Farm for the low low price of half a million last June (the property was valued at $2.55 million). Thompson then traded in her rights to gain proceeds from Hunter’s book sales in exchange for full ownership of Hunter’s likeness and the “Gonzo” logo. “So I own the house, the property, the logo and Hunter’s likeness,” she said. “And now I can protect it, as I always have, but now I can do it with full ownership.”
Real estate deals and branding likenesses. What could be more counterculture and rock-and-roll than that?