Gatewood Galbraith

From Molly Galbraith

As many of you can imagine, this bill means a lot to me and my family. My Dad, Gatewood Galbraith spent the better part of 4 decades trying to get medicinal marijuana to sick and dying Kentuckians.

Let’s be honest, the real reason it was made illegal in the first place was because pharmaceutical companies didn’t like the competition and they had more money and more power than the farmers did. If you haven’t already, PLEASE honor my Dad and his life’s work by signing this bill:

Support the Gatewood Galbraith Memorial Medical Marijuana Act

Louis Gatewood Galbraith (1947 – 2012)

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Louis Gatewood Galbraith was a well-known Lexington lawyer and perennial candidate for Kentucky Governor. He was born in Carlisle, Kentucky to Henry Clay and Dollie Galbraith and was the fourth of seven children. He graduated from University of Kentucky in 1977 and in 1977, earned a law degree from University of Kentucky College of Law.

Galbraith is best known as a perennial candidate for Kentucky Governor. His most recent campaign was in 2011 where he ran as an independent and garnered almost 9 percent of the votes. He was also an advocate for the legalization of cannabis.

Gatewood Galbraith died on January 3, 2012 at the age of 64. He has three daughters.

Published in The Courier-Journal on January 5, 2012

Galbraith, Louis Gatewood

Galbraith, Louis Gatewood, 64, beloved father, grandfather, attorney and civil rights advocate, died peacefully at his home with family on Wednesday, Jan 4, 2012. Born in Carlisle, KY, he was the son of the late Henry Clay and Dollie Eliza Gatewood Galbraith. He was a former Marine, a graduate of the University of Kentucky, and the University of Kentucky College of Law. He was a humanitarian, friend, and author – who worked tirelessly for the people of Kentucky.

He is survived by his three daughters, Summer Galbraith Sears (Kate), Dunedin, New Zealand; Abby Sears Galbraith (Ryan Moldt); and Molly Galbraith, both of Lexington. He is also survived his two grandchildren, Connor Gatewood Moldt and Ella Grace Middleton Sears; his siblings, Don Lynam, Liz Whitehorn (Ken), Edna Hancock (Terrell), Hank Galbraith (Judy), Mike Galbraith (Julie), all of Lexington, Tim Galbraith (LuAnn) of Louisville; his former wife and the mother of his children, Susan C. Sears; his lifelong friend, Kim Eisner; and a host of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sister, Judy G. Lynam.

The visitation for family and very close friends will be held between 4-8 PM on Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at the Crown Plaza Campbell House, in the Colonial Ballroom. Parking is available at the rear of the Crown Plaza Campbell House. There will be a public gathering and a celebration of his extraordinary life — the location, date and time to be announced by his family. Milward-Broadway is in charge of arrangements.

Gatewood’s Book: Last Free Man In America




A RESOLUTION adjourning the Senate in loving memory and honor of Louis Gatewood Galbraith.

With deepest respect and admiration, we pay homage and tribute to Louis Gatewood Galbraith, and we pause in silent reverence for his soul.

WHEREAS, Louis Gatewood Galbraith was born on January 23, 1947, a native son of the Commonwealth and a longtime resident of Lexington, Kentucky, and traversed these earthly bounds on January 4, 2012; and

WHEREAS, many words have been used to describe Gatewood; legendary, unique, larger-than-life, iconic, candidate, unconventional, and independent. But Gatewood’s own ability to uniquely turn a phrase proudly helped to truly define who he was, and is evidenced by a few of his quotes: “I’ve got a certain derring-do about me. I’m an explorer for the truth in a jungle of political overgrowth.”; “If you like what you see, tell your friends, if you don’t, just hush up, ok? I’ve got enough troubles as it is.”; “Petrochemical-pharmaceutical-military-industrial-complex”; “We’re going to take the government out of your bedroom, your bloodstream, your brain, your bladder, your business, your billfold, your back pockets, your bingo halls and your Internet bulletin boards.”; and finally the title to his 2004 autobiography “The Last Free Man in America: Meets the Synthetic Subversion”; and

WHEREAS, Gatewood was perhaps best known for his advocacy of hemp farming; but he also intently defended individual rights in the streets, in the courtrooms, and on political stages around this Commonwealth and the country; and

WHEREAS, Gatewood was a seasoned politician, having campaigned for political office since 1983. During the last nearly 30 years in Kentucky politics, Gatewood was a candidate for governor five times, for congress twice, and once each for the offices of attorney general and commissioner of agriculture; and

WHEREAS, Louis Gatewood Galbraith was the son of the late Henry Clay Galbraith and Dollie Elizabeth Gatewood Galbraith; and

WHEREAS, Louis Gatewood Galbraith was a beloved and loving father and is survived by his three daughters, Summer Sears Galbraith, Abby Sears Moldt, and Molly Galbraith;


Be it resolved by the Senate of the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Kentucky:

âSection 1.   The Senate does hereby express its profound sense of sorrow upon the passing of Louis Gatewood Galbraith and extends to his family and friends its most heartfelt sympathy.

âSection 2.   The Senate recognizes that Gatewood’s presence will be truly missed in Kentucky politics, in his community, and in this entire Commonwealth.

âSection 3.   When the Senate adjourns this day, it does so in loving memory and honor of Louis Gatewood Galbraith.

âSection 4.   The Clerk of the Senate is hereby directed to transmit a copy of this Resolution to Abby Sears Moldt, 1161 Ashford Lane, Lexington, Kentucky 40515.

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