Former Placer Medipot Activist May Lose Refuge

Former Placer Medipot Activist May Lose Refuge
Posted by CN Staff on January 06, 2006 at 07:31:10 PT
By Penne Usher, Journal Staff Writer
Source: Auburn Journal
Calif. -- Steve Kubby, a fugitive from Placer County and internationally known medical-marijuana activist, is fighting to stay in Canada despite a court order to leave the country by Thursday."Monday we're going to request a stay based on legal motions that we filed in court," Kubby said in a telephone interview from his home Thursday. "We remain hopeful that it will be granted."
Kubby fled to Canada with his family in an effort to avoid incarceration after a 2000 conviction in Placer County on charges of possession of mescaline and psilocybin. Placer County deputies reportedly found a small amount of peyote button and magic mushroom during a 1999 raid of Kubby's Olympic Valley home.Two hundred sixty-five marijuana plants in various stages of growth were reportedly seized, officials said.Kubby contends that he must smoke marijuana daily in order to live. He reportedly has a rare form of adrenal cancer and believes if he is returned to the United States he will be sent to jail and will die."I must confess that I really fear for my husband's life," Michelle Kubby said. "He must have cannabis constantly to survive the deadly threat posed by his adrenaline-secreting tumors."The Canadian Border Services rejected the Kubby family's bid for protection Dec. 9. Kubby returns to a Canadian court Monday to argue that a stay of the departure order must be granted, his wife said.Chris Cattran, deputy district attorney for Placer County, is prosecuting the case."He has a warrant out from Placer County for his arrest on charges of probation violations from the underlying case," Cattran said. "I imagine he'd be detained at the border pending his return to Placer County."Kubby would have to serve his custody time of 120 days and address his probation violation, which could give him additional time behind bars, Cattran said.If Kubby's request to stay in Canada is denied, the Kubby family must leave the country by Jan. 12 or face arrest Jan. 13, he said."I'll probably be talking to you through a cell in Placer County jail if I'm able to speak," Kubby said. "We're not very encouraged by the outcome."Kubby ran as the Libertarian candidate for governor on the 1997/1998 ballot. He was also one of the authors of Prop. 215, the compassionate use act passed by the voters of the state of California in 1996.Kubby was allowed to leave the Placer County and the country in 2000 with the stipulation that he returns for his surrender date. He opted to stay in Canada.Note: Ordered expulsion from Canada could lead to jail.Source: Auburn Journal (CA)Author: Penne Usher, Journal Staff WriterPublished: Friday, January 6, 2006Copyright: 2006 Auburn JournalContact: ajournal foothill.netWebsite: Articles & Web Sites:The Kubby Chronicles Drug War Refugees Stays Positive About Medical Pot Case Pot Advocate Presses Fight With County
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Comment #4 posted by Critto on January 09, 2006 at 17:44:53 PT:
Write to the Minister Joe Volpe:
"To contact Canadian Immigration Minister Joe Volpe and let him know that sending Steve Kubby to most likely die in a California prison cell "shocks the conscience," contact: The Honourable Joe Volpe, Minister -- Citizenship and Immigration Canada, 365 Laurier Ave. West, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1A 1L1, phone (613) 954-1064, e-mail minister " (contact info taken from inform him about the reason to contact, that he has shown that Canada is BETTER than the USA in the matters of human rights; cite the examples of giving a refuge to the fugitive slaves from the USA in the XIXth century, or to the US Draft Evaders during the Vietnam War era, or to millions of other people around the world. Recall this tradition, belaud, commend and glorify Canadian hospitality vs. the US heartlessness. Also, criticize the tyrannic MJ laws in the USA and tell the Minister, that they are not only against human rights, they are the death sentence and the US authorities don't joke on this.Tell him, that it would be good to show the Canadian independence from the USA, that they don't fear their 'big neighbour' from the South.In Liberty,
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Comment #3 posted by FoM on January 06, 2006 at 12:59:36 PT
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Comment #2 posted by ekim on January 06, 2006 at 08:57:17 PT
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Pubdate: Thu, 05 Jan 2006
Source: Hindustan Times (India)
Copyright: 2006, Hindustan Times Ltd.
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Bookmark: (Cannabis)CANNABIS FOUND TO SHRINK CANCEROUS BRAIN TUMOURS! A new study conducted by scientists at Complutense University in Spain suggests that cannabis extracts may shrink brain tumours and other cancers by blocking the growth of the blood vessels which feed them. According to New Scientist, Manuel Guzman and colleagues have demonstrated how the cannabis extracts block a key chemical needed for tumours to sprout blood vessels. The team tested the effects of marijuana extract, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol in 30 mice and found that it inhibited the expression of several genes related to the production of a chemical called vascular endothelial growth factor ( VEGF ). VEGF is critical for angiogenesis, which allows tumours to grow a network of blood vessels to supply their growth. The cannabinoid significantly lowered the activity of VEGF in the mice and two human brain cancer patients, the study showed. According to teammember, Cristina Blazquez, "We saw that the tumours [in mice] were smaller and a bit pallid. The paleness of the cancer reflected its lack of blood supply as a result of the treatment. In the human patients, she says: "It seems that it works, but it's very early." --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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Comment #1 posted by ekim on January 06, 2006 at 08:11:42 PT
NPR now Diane Rehm Show on Global Warming
-question can Steve get script for Sativex and use it here in the new trials.wonder if Prim. Sharon had cannabis drug giveen to him for his stroke.GW expects to start testing the product, which is sprayed into the mouth, in U.S. patients with advanced cancer later this year. The randomised clinical trial will involve 250 people and is likely to last between 24 and 36 months, suggesting Sativex will not be ready for launch in the U.S. marketplace until towards the end of the decade.Canada became the first country in the world to approve Sativex in April 2005, for the relief of neuropathic pain in patients with multiple sclerosis.
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