Sat July 7, 2012
Noise and Notes: The Politics of Pot and Remembering Rev. Louis Coleman
Probably more than most states, Kentucky is associated with marijuana.
Six months before the General Assembly reconvenes, state Sen. Perry Clark, D-Louisville, unveiled a bill that would legalize medical marijuana dubbed the "Gatewood Galbraith Medical Marijuana Memorial Act."
The legislation has gotten national attention, but also drawn sharp criticism from state police and political opponents despite medical marijuana being legal in 17 other states.
I sat down with Clark in a candid conversation about the political risk involved with introducing such a bill and why he believes Kentucky should be leading the legalization movement.
The Rev. Louis Coleman died four years ago, and his outspoken and controversial presence has left a void in the city's civil rights community. Whether praised or condemned, for years Coleman used his bullhorn and bully pulpit to address a myriad of causes from police brutality and violent crime to neighborhood pollution and employment rights that sparked conversations.
Columnist Miriam Williams, Fairness Campaign board member Jaison Gardner and social justice advocate Mikal Forbush joined Noise and Notes to talk about Coleman's legacy, current civil rights issues and the ongoing debate between self-help and institutional racism.