In what is probably the most romantic gesture of all time, Hunter S. Thompson’s widow, Anita Thompson, plans to grow and sell strains of weed based on the bud he liked to smoke.
Thompson said she saved six different kinds of weed smoked by her husband and is working with a cannabis company to re-grow the strains or hybrids of them. The crop will eventually be sold at recreational dispensaries under the Gonzo brand.
“Since it became legal I get approached probably once a month by cannabis growers, dispensaries,” Thompson 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 … If I put Hunter’s name on somebody else’s strain, I can never go back and say, ‘No, this is the authentic one.’”
In an interview with the Aspen Times, Thompson said she purposely put off the project for the first decade after her husband’s death to focus on preserving his literary legacy. “For 10 years, we were always careful to steer the conversation back to Hunter’s work,” she said. “Because it was never guaranteed that Hunter’s work would be appreciated into this generation.”
Thompson has also said that she will use all proceeds from the project to fund the renovation of Owl Farm – Hunter’s longtime home in Woody Creek, Colorado – which she plans to turn into a private museum and writer’s retreat.
[via Rolling Stone]
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