Marijuana Activist Returns to State, Is Arrested

Marijuana Activist Returns to State, Is Arrested
Posted by CN Staff on January 28, 2006 at 07:27:40 PT
By Eric Bailey, Times Staff Writer
Source: Los Angeles Times
Auburn, Calif.  Five years after fleeing to Canada to avoid jail, medical marijuana activist Steve Kubby returned here in handcuffs Friday facing an uncertain future and a stint behind bars that his doctor contends might prove a death sentence.Law enforcement officers whisked Kubby off a commercial jet at San Francisco International Airport on Thursday evening, and friends said he soon began to feel the effects of his rare form of adrenal cancer while in custody.
"I got a call from Steve from jail, and he said he was suffering," said Dale Gieringer, director of California NORML, a cannabis advocacy group. "It doesn't have to work this way."Several physicians who have examined Kubby, a former Libertarian candidate for governor and a driving force behind California's victorious 1996 medical marijuana initiative, contend the drug blunts the worst symptoms of his cancer, which can be fatal.Kubby, who last week exhausted his final appeals to remain in Canada, had expected to voluntarily surrender to authorities in Auburn, the Placer County seat, after a court hearing scheduled for Tuesday.Bill McPike, a Fresno attorney who accompanied Kubby on his flight from Vancouver, said the arrest after the Alaska Airlines flight took them by surprise."Maybe they didn't trust he'd show up," said McPike, who plans to argue in court for Kubby to be allowed cannabis in jail. "But why would he buy a $900 plane ticket to come back to surrender and then not appear?"Placer County officials said police in San Francisco were following through on an arrest warrant issued years ago for Kubby, who failed to appear to serve 120 days in jail on drug charges when he fled in 2001."For some time he's had a felony warrant out," said Dena Erwin, a Placer County sheriff's spokeswoman. "We notified San Francisco and left it up to them how they'd make the arrest."Snipped:Complete Article: Los Angeles Times (CA) Author: Eric Bailey, Times Staff WriterPublished: January 28, 2006Copyright: 2006 Los Angeles TimesContact: letters latimes.comWebsite: Articles & Web Sites:The Kubby Chronicles NORML Drug War Refugees Medipot Activist Kubby Arrested Advocate Ordered To Return To US Activist May Be Deported To U.S. 
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Comment #5 posted by FoM on January 30, 2006 at 13:10:09 PT
ASA Press Release Concerning Steve Kubby
DPFCA: Press Conference and Rally in Support of Steve Kubby at Placer County Superior Court (Please note that Steve has two scheduled times to appear in court, one at 9 am originally to turn himself in, and one in the afternoon that was scheduled after he arrived here and was taken into custody. We are going to be there for the morning hearing in case they take his case then instead of the afternoon.)Please distribute far & wide!For Immediate Release:Contact: Clark Sullivan 415 424 0125 freemansullivan ; Shona Gochenaur 510 472 1463 Who: Axis of Love San Francisco,, California NORML, Libertarian Party of San FranciscoWhat: Press conference and rally at the Placer Co. Superior Court in support of Steven Wynn Kubby, medical cannabis patient, who is being denied proper medical care while in custody.When: Tuesday, January 31st, 2006; 8:30 amWhere: Department 13, Placer Co. Superior Court; 11532 B Avenue; Auburn, California link to MapquestWhy: We request all medical cannabis patients, caregivers and friends join us in supporting Steve Kubby, 59, a Drug War political prisoner, Prop 215 co-author and former Libertarian candidate for CA, in his legal struggles with Placer Co. authorities as he battles for his life while in solitary confinement.We demand that Mr. Kubby be transferred from solitary confinement to the infirmary [where he can receive medical care] and that he be administered his life-giving medicinal cannabis immediately!Steve's medical condition is rapidly deteriorating, as he is ill with a rare form of adrenal cancer, which creates tumors that produce deadly amounts of adrenaline which enter his blood stream. He is in grave mortal danger and requires constant medical supervision. We believe his treatment by Placer Co. authorities constitute cruel and unusual punishment, for which they will be held accountable by the citizens of the state of California.Background on this story:Michelle Kubby Writes Jan 28, 2006 Doctors weigh in on effectiveness of medipot Penne Usher Auburn Journal; Jan 13, 2006 Kubbys Must Leave Canada Jan 24, 2006 Wife of failed U.S. medical marijuana refugee pleads to stay in Canada Terri Theodore Canadian Press; Jan 9, 2006 B.C. court dismisses challenge of medical marijuana laws Ian Mulgrew; Jan 2, 2006 Reefer Refugees Martin A. Lee; Apr 5, 2005 The Kubby ChroniclesHis attorney, Bill McPike, is asking us to contact the following:Bradford R. Fenocchio, Placer County District Attorney Phone: (530) 889-7000 Fax: (530) 889-7129 Email: bfenocch Note: Deputy DA Christopher Cattran may be contacted at the above phone number.Sheriff Edward N. Bonner (who has ultimate responsibility for the jail) Phone: 530-889-7800 Fax: 530-889-6883 Email: pcsoweb Please call the jail nurse at 530-745-8500 and request that Steve be provided with immediate medical attention. Your calls are important! Anybody can put money on Steve's books for commissary & health items. These must be a US postal money order. No letters may accompany the money orders. Letters of support may be sent to the same address. MOs should be made out to: Steve Kubby; BK 49899; c/o Placer Co Jail; 2775 Richardson Drive; Auburn, CA 95603
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Comment #4 posted by Critto on January 30, 2006 at 04:55:24 PT:
Of course, I DO NOT hate America
I only hate the tyrannic regime that controls the USA, equally as I hate the tyrannic regimes in Belarus, Cuba, China, etc, not hating those countries or those people. In fact, I LOVE America and I weep even more at the fact She is enslaved by the Federal Tyranny.
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Comment #3 posted by Critto on January 30, 2006 at 04:52:24 PT:
USA is a NAZI-like state
to persecute the sick people means to be a NAZI-like. USA is turning into dictatorship; it can't and won't defend its image as 'the supreme democracy on the Earth' anymore. Lots of people, especially in Europe are comparing Bush to Hitler, claiming that 9/11/2001 is the second Reichstag Fire and harshly criticising the social relations in the USA, especially after the last disaster in New Orleans. The humanitarian, libertarian image of the USA is GONE FOREVER.
With the case of Kubby, it (the image) is already dead and buried.
But the SHAME is also on Canadian authorities, who behaved like the authorities of the Northern US states that have turned back the fugitive slaves to their masters (in the period of slavery, before the Civil War). 
On the other hand, I can't get WHY hasn't Kubby fled eg. to Netherlands, which are openly PRO medical marijuana, which is a legal and registered drug there, sold over the counters to the patients in the drugstores (don't confuse that with coffee shops, where MJ is tolerated, but not openly legal). WHY has he returned to his country, which became a dictatorship??
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Comment #2 posted by divinetribe on January 28, 2006 at 22:29:58 PT:
we love you Steve hang it there
Don't worry steve everything will be all right.. everyone wants to see this put to a end. ANd we all want your freedom and this to be put into the past.
matt macosko
Lake Tahoe Healing Caregivers
Divine Tribe Hemp clothing Co.
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Comment #1 posted by jared3602 on January 28, 2006 at 12:14:48 PT
This is just so sad. I just hope he gets a lot of media coverage and show everyone just how wrong the law is.
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