“I have always loved marijuana. It has been a source of joy and comfort to me for many years. And I still think of it as a basic staple of life, along with beer and ice and grapefruits – and millions of Americans agree with me.”
- Hunter S. Thompson
In 2006, Hunter S. Thompson took his own life at the age of 67. His friend, Keith Stroup, founder of NORML, wrote on Marijuana.com that “his friends were all terribly saddened by his death, but not surprised. We had presumed that, barring an accident, Hunter would exit this world on his own terms and his own schedule.”
And although Hunter is no longer with us, he’s left a surprise for fans of his work and his lifestyle.
Thompson, chronicler of motorcycle gangs and race tracks, was perhaps as famous for his consumption of intemperate quantities of mind altering substances as he was for his journalism. Although whisky may have been the most frequent substance at hand, Thompson was no stranger to a variety of other intoxicants, and reports from his friends indicate that his home was always well stocked with both cannabis and cocaine.
In fact, Thompson’s most famous quote may well be “I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they’ve always worked for me.”
Now, they can work for you, too. At least the drugs.
Thompson’s widow, Anita, has recently announced that, using cloning technology, she plans to grow – and then commercialize – new plants from the weed that Hunter S. Thompson left behind. News reports are sketchy about the science behind this and even though we certainly don’t doubt Thompson’s connoisseurship, we can’t help but be sceptical about whether a 67 year old man in rural Colorado in the mid 2000s really had most primo stash on the planet.
That said, Thompson changed what it meant to be a journalist in America, and did much of it while sky-high. For that alone, we’d probably be willing to go ahead and try a gram.
We’ll let you know if it ends up on Oregon shelves.