Now that certain states in America like Colorado have started relaxing their laws around the recreational drug use of marijuana, the estate of Hunter S. Thompson are taking advantage of these recent developments. The late Hunter S. Thompson’s wife Anita has made it public that she is trying to clone six strains of her husband’s weed stash. She told the Aspen times, “I am in the process of making the strains available to those who would like to enjoy the authentic Gonzo strains in legal states.” Going on to say, in a Facebook page post, “I have found a legal method to extract the DNA from Hunter’s personal marijuana and hashish that I saved for 12-15 years.”
Recreational marijuana became legal in Colorado, where Anita lives, in 2012 – one of the first states to legalize the drug, alongside 7 other states. Thompson, the founder of gonzo journalism who in his lifetime became a literary legend and counterculture icon was a well known advocate of marijuana using it up until he committed suicide in 2005 at the age of 67. Now Anita wants the proceeds of the public cultivation to go towards the renovation of the Thompson estate called ‘Owl Farm’ as well as establishing a private museum and writers’ retreat.
Nationally, legal sales of marijuana will reach $7.4 billion this year and surpass $20.6 billion by 2020, with recreational marijuana sales making up about 53 percent of the market, according to Arcview Market Research.