Anita Thompson, the wife of the late author and counter-culture legend Hunter S. Thompson, has announced plans to release Gonzo brand cannabis in recreational shops.
The widow recently closed on a legal trust transfer of the couple’s 42-acre Woody Creek compound, also known as Owl Farm. The central Rocky Mountain region near Aspen, CO is where Thompson lived from 1969 until his passing in 2005. The transfer included property and ownership rights to the Gonzo logo and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas author’s likeness.
When it comes to Colorado’s legalization, she told The Cannabist, “He would have had a heyday! Could you imagine Hunter S. Thompson in a dispensary? Sometimes it breaks my heart when I go into one and he’s not there. The best way to honor Hunter’s work is to have him in our hearts when we go into dispensaries, when we smoke legally and when we read his words.”
Thompson’s creativity inspired us to find alternative outlets to turbulent times. There is no doubt his writings and lifestyle contributed to the current culture of cannabis and it’s ultimate decriminalization.
In addition to a private museum that is slated for a late-2017 open, Anita Thompson is honoring her late husband’s affinity for the plant and taking advantage of Colorado legalization.
“Since it became legal I get approached probably once a month by cannabis growers, dispensaries,” she told the Aspen Times. “I’ve had probably 10 meetings in the last three years and I always end up saying ‘No’ because it’s the same story every time: Somebody wants to slap Hunter’s name on their strain.”
Anita Thompson says she has saved at least six different strains smoked by Hunter and is proud she waited until it was legal and could be done right. She’s found a legal method to extract the DNA from Thompson’s personal stash she saved for 12-15 years.
“I’m looking forward to being a drug lord,” she concluded.