- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The widow of legendary journalist Hunter S. Thompson has revealed plans to clone her late husband’s personal marijuana stash and sell it to the public.

Anita Thompson told The Aspen Times that she saved six different strains of cannabis that the gonzo journalism founder used to smoke. She is now working with a cannabis company to clone the strains, or create hybrids, and sell them in states where it’s legal, she said.

“I have found a legal method to extract the DNA from Hunter’s personal marijuana and hashish that I saved for 12-15 years,” Ms. Thompson wrote in a Facebook post Sunday. “I am in the process of making the strains available to those who would like to enjoy the authentic Gonzo strains in legal states.”

Ms. Thompson told The Times that she feels more free to talk openly about her late husband’s wild lifestyle because of the public’s changing perception of marijuana use.

“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.

“I’m looking forward to being a drug lord,” she added with a laugh.

Ms. Thompson said in her Facebook post that her “drug lord” joke didn’t match her personality, but said she was “looking forward to making the authentic strains available in legal states to support the Farm and the scholarships.”

Ms. Thompson took over ownership of her late husband’s logo and likeness, along with his 42-acre Owl Farm property in Colorado, in June.

“I’m excited,” she told The Times. “It’s a lot of fresh starts.”

She said profits from her cannabis deal will help fund renovations at Owl Farm to turn it into a private museum and a writer’s retreat, The Times reported.

• Jessica Chasmar can be reached at jchasmar@washingtontimes.com.

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