Gonzo's Ganja: Hunter S. Thompson's Widow Set To Clone And Sell His Weed Stash

By Keri Blakinger 12/01/16

The Gonzo pot will be based off six different strains that the late writer actually smoked. 

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Gonzo's Ganja: Hunter S. Thompson's Widow Set To Clone And Sell His Weed Stash
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Hunter S. Thompson’s widow is making it easier for people to buy the ticket and take the ride. 

In June, Anita Thompson bought her former husband’s 42-acre compound, the Owl Farm, and the rights to the Gonzo logo and the renowned journalist’s likeness. One of the first things she plans to do with that likeness is launch a Gonzo pot brand, according to The Aspen Times

“Since it became legal I get approached probably once a month by cannabis growers, dispensaries,” she 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.”

But she decided that if she’s going to slap the Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas writer’s name on a strain, it’s going to be legit. 

The enterprising widow saved six different strains of pot that her husband actually smoked, and has partnered with a cannabis company to develop hybrids of those historic strains. 

In the past, Thompson was reluctant to jump into the ganja business for fear it would detract from any focus on her husband’s work. But now she’s more confident that his literary legacy is secure. 

“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.”

Whenever the Gonzo brand launches, the troubled journalistic genius will become the latest addition to the growing list of celebs with cannabis brands on the market. 

Tommy Chong—of course—launched his own strain in 2014, according to Rolling Stone. Dubbed "Chong Star," the pot pick is just one of many cannabis-centric products the Cheech and Chong star offers for purchase. 

Predictably, Snoop Dogg and Bob Marley’s family have also rolled out weed strains but, more surprisingly, so has reality star Bethenny Frankel. The Real Housewives celeb’s Skinnygirl brand announced plans last year for a line of munchie-free marijuana.

Although the Gonzo strain isn’t on the market just yet, Thompson has high hopes for its success.

“I’m looking forward to being a drug lord,” she said.

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Keri Blakinger is a former drug user and current reporter living in Texas. She covers breaking news for the Houston Chronicle and previously worked for the New York Daily News and the Ithaca Times. She has written about drugs and criminal justice for the Washington Post, Salon, Quartz and more. She loves dogs and is not impressed by rodeo food. Find Keri on LinkedIn and Twitter.

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