Hunter S. Thompson Weed Will Be Cloned
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Journalist Hunter S. Thompson, who so memorably wrote about drifting through Las Vegas with a “car full of marijuana and head full of acid,” is destined for immortality of the cannabis variety. Marijuana strains, of the same stuff he enjoyed while he was alive, will be officially labeled with his Gonzo brand. The plants will be cloned or hybridized from six strains that he smoked before his suicide in 2005, according to his widow Anita Thompson.

In June, Anita Thompson obtained the rights to Thompson’s likeness, ownership of the author’s Owl Farm home and control of the “Gonzo” logo, the Aspen Times reported. And the first official Gonzo merchandise under her stewardship? Gonzo-branded marijuana sold in Colorado, where it is legal to purchase retail cannabis from recreational dispensaries.

“I’m looking forward to being a drug lord,” she joked to the Times, which she further clarified on Facebook was a “silly” turn of phrase that “doesn’t match my personality.” Thompson said that profits from the sales will support renovating Owl Farm into a museum. The compound will also house a retreat for writers and musicians.

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

A bit easier than cloning a sheep, to create a plant clone can be as simple as delicately repotting a sliced branch. The cutting, once it takes root, will grow into a genetically identical organism. Added hormones speed the process along, but as Ars Technica noted in 2013, it is possible to clone common garden plants with only household supplies. Tomatoes can be cloned, as can eggplants and roses (with the caveat that certain flower varieties are protected by patent, Ars Technica pointed out, which prohibits unauthorized cloning).

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