You Will Soon Be Able to Smoke Weed Cloned From Hunter S. Thompson's Personal Stash

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Hunter S. Thompson's widow says she has found a way to replicate the marijuana he left behind. Reuters

As more states legalize marijuana and the leafy green drug continues to pervade mainstream culture, companies looking to cash in are going to salivate over endorsements from well-known stoners. The majority of Americans primed to partake in legal weed smoking probably don't know much about what they're buying, which means they're impressionable, which means they have no other choice but to trust Willie Nelson or Snoop Dogg or whichever other famed tokers decide to leverage their likeness into marijuana money. It's why the widow of Hunter S. Thompson—maybe the most infamous drug user of the 20th century and one who called weed a "joy," a "comfort" and a "basic staple of life"—is working to bring her late husband's preferred cannabis to the masses.

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In a recent interview with The Aspen Times, Anita Thompson, who married Hunter in 2003, said that she saved six strains of the writer's marijuana, and is currently in talks with a cannabis company about cloning, growing and selling the herb he preferred to roll up prior to taking his own life in 2005. Anita says that profits will go toward renovated Owl Farm, the Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas author's "fortified compound" in Woody Creek, Colorado, before turning the estate into a private museum. She plans to invite guests to visit the museum by the end of 2017.

As for the ostensibly tricky task of reproducing weed that has been sitting in a Colorado cabin for over 10 years, Anita wrote on Facebook that she "found a legal method to extract the DNA from Hunter's personal marijuana and hashish that I saved for 12-15 years." She went on to express excitement for making the strains available in legal states, despite the fact that the title of "drug lord" doesn't suit her personality.

The demand for the product is sure to be high (no pun intended). Anita said that since marijuana became legal in Colorado, she has been approached "once a month" by companies looking to use Hunter S. Thompson's likeness to move product. “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," she told the Times. There's no telling how much success will come Anita's way now that she is finally using her husband's name to sell not only weed, but the weed he actually smoked.

Anita's new role as "drug lord" was made possible earlier this year when she bought Owl Farm from the "Gonzo Trust" that has managed it since her husband's death. At the same time, she relinquished rights to book sales, but gained the rights to Hunter S. Thompson's name and likeness, which she intends to use. She plans to release information about "logo merchandise and clothing" later this month. Though Owl Farm was appraised at $3.7 million, she was able to buy it back from the Gonzo Trust for only $500,000, which was loaned to her by Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay, a friend of the family.

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