Despite earlier demurrals,
Lexington defense attorney and longtime marijuana legalization advocate
Gatewood Galbraith has entered the race for Kentucky attorney general.
He filed to run as an independent on August 11, one day before the deadline.
Galbraith is a well-known
marijuana legalization advocate with a career stretching back to at least
1978, when he threw Kentucky buds to an adoring crowd from the stage of
the Washington, DC, smoke-in. He ran on a pro-marijuana platform
for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination in 1991 and 1995, and garnered
27% of the vote in last year's congressional race on the Reform Party ticket,
with a platform that, he told DRCNet at the time, sought to breach the
gap between the pot people and the rednecks (http://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle/141/kentuckycannabis.shtml).
But this time around, Galbraith
is retreating from his call for legalization of recreational marijuana
use. Perhaps eying a close race where both major both nominees, Democrat
Greg Stumbo and Republican Jack Wood, won their primaries with less than
40% of the vote and are tainted by scandal, Galbraith told the Lexington
Herald-Leader he does not now support legalizing recreational pot use.
But he added that he still uses the drug for medical reasons and has a
prescription from a Berkeley, California, doctor, implying that he supports
medical marijuana. He also said that, if elected, he would push for
more drug treatment for addicts instead of jail time.
"The chemistry of this race
is just phenomenal. I could not pass it up," Galbraith told the Herald-Leader.
"This is a three-way race, folks," he said. "Thirty-four percent
-- END --
Issue #300, 8/28/03
One Less Prisoner in America
Memorial Project Coming to Washington, DC This September 22-23
Borden's Open Letter to DC's Chief Judge on Refusing to Appear for Jury
Drug Reform Lobbying Month at Home!
Buttons and Stickers for Free or Cheap
Accepting Applications for 2003-2004 and 2004-2005 School Years, Providing
Scholarships for Students Losing Aid Because of Drug Convictions
Kentucky's Galbraith Enters Attorney General Contest, Downplays Marijuana
Supreme Court Justice Says Prison Terms "Too Long," Calls for End to Mandatory
This Week's Corrupt Cops Story
Drug War, Chinese Style
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