Former Libertarian Candidate Arrested!

Former Libertarian Candidate Arrested!
Posted by FoM on January 20, 1999 at 18:47:21 PT

Former Libertarian Candidate Arrested; Party Condemns Police Action!SACRAMENTO, Steve Kubby, the 1998 Libertarian candidate for governor of California, and his wife Michele were arrested Tuesday morning in a police raid of their home in Olympic Valley. 
Steve, 52, and Michele, 32, were taken to Placer County Jail where bail was set at $100,000 each. Arraignment is scheduled for Thursday afternoon in Tahoe City Court. The Kubbys are charged with unauthorized cultivation, harvesting and processing of marijuana; possession with intent to sell; and conspiracy. "This arrest is an outrage and a slap across the face of California voters," declared Libertarian state chair Mark Hinkle. "Steve and Michele Kubby are law-abiding citizens and the police have no authority to raid their home, throw them in jail, and jeopardize Steve's health." Steve, publisher of the online recreational magazine "Alpine World," played a key role in Proposition 215, the medical marijuana initiative which voters overwhelmingly approved in November, 1996. Steve was diagnosed with adrenal cancer in 1975 and uses medical marijuana under doctor's orders. His cancer is currently in remission. He also takes medical marijuana to treat high blood pressure. Since his arrest, Steve has been denied access to his medicine. "How long will the state of California continue violating the will of the voters? How many people will have to suffer or die before the government realizes the extreme harm it is causing medical marijuana patients who are denied their rightful medicine?" asked Hinkle. State Attorney General Bill Lockyer announced earlier this month that he would be taking a softer stance on Prop. 215 than his predecessor Dan Lungren did. But Libertarians aren't holding their breath. "Is yesterday's action an example of what Californians can expect under Lockyer's watch? The Libertarian Party of California condemns the Kubbys' arrest in no uncertain terms, and we urge Mr. Lockyer to order all local law enforcement to immediately cease raiding and arresting medical marijuana patients who are following the law," Hinkle stated. "Let Steve and Michele Kubby go." Yesterday's arrest was the first for both Kubbys. 
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on January 20, 1999 at 21:26:40 PT
Here's an update!
 The 1998 Libertarian Party candidate for governor and his wife were arrested after authorities found some 300 marijuana plants in their home. They were being held Wednesday at the Placer County jail in Auburn in lieu of $100,000 bail each, and were scheduled to be arraigned Thursday in Tahoe City. Lt. Mike Allen of the North Tahoe Task Force, a law enforcement unit made up of investigators from Placer and Washoe counties and the Nevada Division of Investigation, said officers found about 300 marijuana plants at the Kubby residence. Officers said the plants are capable of producing five ounces to a pound each of marijuana and have a street value of about $420,000. The couple's attorney, Dale Wood of Truckee, said the marijuana officers found at the Kubbys' home was being legally grown for medical purposes and that the amount of bail was ``insane.'' ``You find people who committed robbery, crimes of violence who have lower bail settings than that,'' Wood said. ``It's like they have some heinous criminal that has hurt someone. In fact, what they are growing is medical marijuana.'' Proposition 215, approved by California voters in 1996, attempted to allow seriously ill patients to grow and use marijuana to ease pain and nausea with a doctor's recommendations. Wood said Steve Kubby uses marijuana as part of his treatment for cancer and hypertension. ``Marijuana is the only thing that has been able to assist him,'' Wood said. ``He has been advised by more than one physician to use marijuana.'' Wood said Michele Kubby also uses marijuana for a medical condition but he said he didn't know any details about her illness. 
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