Pot Advocate Requests House Arrest 

Pot Advocate Requests House Arrest 
Posted by CN Staff on February 01, 2006 at 06:21:52 PT
By Shannon Kari
Source: Globe and Mail 
California -- Steve Kubby is asking prosecutors in Placer County, Calif., to show compassion and let him serve a 2001 sentence for drug possession under house arrest instead of in custody.The medical marijuana advocate made a brief court appearance yesterday. He was arrested by police last week as soon as he arrived in San Francisco on a flight from Vancouver.
Mr. Kubby, 59, faces a maximum of three years in jail for alleged probation violations as well as the 120 days imposed by a California court in 2001 for possession of a minute amount of mescaline and psilocin.He was joined by his lawyer, Bill McPike, in a courtroom in Auburn, Calif. More than 50 supporters were also there, Mr. McPike said in a phone interview after the hearing. "The important thing is for everyone to turn the clock back," the lawyer said. "We are trying to get this resolved." Mr. McPike is asking Placer County not to prosecute Mr. Kubby for the alleged probation violations.Mr. Kubby, his wife, Michele, and their two daughters fled to British Columbia in the spring of 2001. Mr. Kubby, who suffers from a rare form of adrenal cancer, said he feared being targeted by authorities in Placer County because of his high profile as an advocate for medical marijuana.The family fought a much-publicized battle to stay in Canada during nearly five years in the country. In January, Mr. Justice Yvon Pinard of the Federal Court of Canada rejected a request for an emergency stay of a removal order. He dismissed suggestions that Mr. Kubby would be put in jail and unable to receive the marijuana he says he needs to control his cancer.In the five days that Mr. Kubby has been in jail since flying back to the United States, he already appears to have lost a significant amount of weight, his lawyer said. "He looked really bad," said Mr. McPike, although he added that his client's spirits were lifted during the hearing because of the number of supporters at the courthouse.Friends of Mr. Kubby managed to obtain a short-term supply of the prescription drug Marinol, a synthetic form of THC that is legal. It costs about $1,000 for a nine-day supply.Michele Kubby said yesterday that her husband has been required to sign a waiver that absolves the Placer County jail of responsibility for any health problems, because he is using non-conventional medical treatment.Mr. Kubby will be back in court on Friday and could hear from prosecutors in Placer County about whether they will proceed with the probation violation charges and seek to keep him in custody. Source: Globe and Mail (Canada) Author: Shannon KariPublished: Wednesday, February 1, 2006 Page S3Copyright: 2006 The Globe and Mail CompanyContact: letters globeandmail.caWebsite: Articles & Web Site:The Kubby Chronicles Kubby Case Becoming Media Circus Activist Returns to State, Is Arrested Medipot Activist Kubby Arrested 
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on February 01, 2006 at 06:27:21 PT
Snipped Source: LA Times
Jailed Activist Asks to Use Pot***Medical marijuana backer Steve Kubby says it fights the symptoms of his rare cancer.By Eric Bailey, Times Staff WriterFebruary 1, 2006AUBURN, Calif.  An attorney for jailed medical marijuana activist Steve Kubby on Tuesday asked that the cancer-stricken inmate be allowed to eat cannabis in food or pills while behind bars, or be released to serve his time under house arrest.Kubby, a former Libertarian candidate for governor of California, fled Placer County in 2001 and moved to Canada to avoid a 120-day jail stint he contends would have been a death sentence without marijuana.  
Since being diagnosed with adrenal cancer in the mid-1970s, Kubby has smoked cannabis, which his doctors believe helps blunt the lethal illness.Kubby returned after he exhausted his attempts to avoid deportation from Canada, and was promptly arrested last Thursday when his flight arrived in San Francisco.During a short hearing Tuesday, Kubby shuffled into a jailhouse courtroom wearing an orange jumpsuit and shackles. He said nothing, but smiled wanly and glanced at dozens of friends and supporters, who earlier in the day waved placards and called for his release in front of the county jail.Supporters say Kubby has telephoned from jail to report that he is suffering headaches and nausea and that he has blood in his urine. Complete Article:,0,2685864.story
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