Just yesterday I learned for the first time that Gatewood Galbraith
is running for attorney general this year in Kentucky.
I met Galbraith in 1989 at a NORML
rally in Atlanta, back before I decided I didn't want my name found on certain mailing lists anymore. At the time he was an independent candidate for governor and his main issue was marijuana legalization, with articulated reasons such as saved resources, fewer lives disrupted by excesses of enforcement and potential tax revenues. I think his votes numbered six figures in that election.
Now one of his main issues is drug treatment and the novel idea of financing it with money from pharmaceutical companies settling a liability, with the tobacco settlements as precedent. This may not be a bad idea.
Galbraith himself supposedly has a prescription to smoke marijuana from a California doctor. The other candidates for Kentucky attorney general are less than ideal themselves, as this story
will tell you, so maybe Galbraith can pull it off. Funnier things have happened.