A Democratic candidate for governor made several campaign stops around Eastern Kentucky Thursday.
Gatewood Galbraith of Lexington has run for governor four times and been a longtime advocate of medical marijuana use. His running mate is former transportation cabinet employee Mark Wireman of Breathitt County. Thursday, Galbraith issued a challenge to pharmaceutical companies.
"I'm gonna ask the attorney general's office to join with the governor's office to negotiate with the pharmaceutical companies for them to furnish a billion dollars to allow this state to set up drug treatment programs for those people hooked and addicted on pharmaceutical medicine," Galbraith said.
Galbraith says he wants to rid Eastern Kentucky of the chronic problems of addiction and poverty.