Kentucky attorney and legendary marijuana and hemp advocate Gatewood Galbraith has passed away from complications due to pneumonia. He was 64. Gatewood was cut from the same cloth as Jack Herer. A fiery, articulate cannabis activist for decades, Gatewood ran five times for governor of Kentucky – three times as a Democrat, once on the Reform ticket and last year as an independent. He finished third in the three-candidate race this past November.

Galbraith was a strong advocate for hemp farming in Kentucky. On his campaign website, he wrote: “My view is that government's role should be to uplift, enlighten, educate and ennoble the citizen, not oppress them with taxation and intrusive laws.”


A colorful personality possessing a sharp wit, Gatewood told the Louisville Courier-Journal just last October, “I want the government to stay out of my life unless I represent a threat to somebody else or their property.” 


Galbraith was interviewed by HIGH TIMES in March 1990 and appeared on the cover of the magazine with Willie Nelson in January 1991. Just last year Gatewood visited the HIGH TIMES office to discuss the importance of individual rights – particularly in relation to marijuana.