Newsbrief: Kentucky's Galbraith Enters Attorney General Contest, Downplays Marijuana 8/28/03

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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 wins it."

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