Medipot Fugitive To Stay in Canada 

Medipot Fugitive To Stay in Canada 
Posted by CN Staff on January 13, 2006 at 06:56:44 PT
By Penne Usher, Journal Staff Writer
Source: Auburn Journal
California -- Steve Kubby, a fugitive from Placer County and internationally known medical-marijuana activist, will stay in Canada for the time being despite an order to leave the country last week.The Canadian Border Services rejected the Kubby family's bid for protection Dec. 9 and ordered the Kubby family out of the country by Jan. 12 or face arrest. Michele Kubby, Steve's wife, asked a Canadian court Monday for a stay based on legal motions. She said she had limited success.
"We have a stay technically," Michele Kubby said in a telephone interview from her home Thursday. "We will not be removed until a (final) decision has been made by the court."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."He has a prescription for an ounce a day," Michele Kubby said.Steve Kubby's doctor, Joseph Connors, a medical oncologist for British Columbia Cancer Agency, said in a telephone interview Thursday that Kubby's medical marijuana consumption appears to work."Having established all by himself that (cannabis) worked, when he came into my hands since it had been working for years it was most sensible to (continue) to use it," Connors said.If the family's bid to stay in Canada fails, they will most likely be returned to Placer County, where Steve Kubby may have to serve his custody time of 120 days and address his probation violation, officials said."The next step, if we lose the stay with the judge, is that we can appeal his decision to the court of appeals," Michele Kubby said. "I always believe there is hope so long as we're in the courts."Kubby said Thursday that he has an "exemption" from Health Canada at the federal level that allows him to possess and cultivate marijuana."I can smoke up to 28 grams a day (1 oz.) and I'm able to grow that myself," Kubby said. "I have to smoke a certain strain and am able to grow what I need for my particular problem."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 Placer County and the country in 2000 with the stipulation that he return for his surrender date. He opted to stay in Canada and is now considered a fugitive.Complete Title: Medipot Fugitive To Stay in Canada Despite Eviction OrderSource: Auburn Journal (CA)Author: Penne Usher, Journal Staff WriterPublished: Friday, January 13, 2006Copyright: 2006 Auburn JournalContact: ajournal foothill.netWebsite: Articles & Web Sites:The Kubby Chronicles Drug War Refugees Pot 'Refugee,' Federal Lawyer Asks Running Out for Medical Pot 'Refugee' Placer Medipot Activist May Lose Refuge
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Comment #5 posted by FoM on January 18, 2006 at 12:10:39 PT
I can't figure out what is going on in Canada. Maybe after the elections I will understand but until it's over I get more confused by the day. I wish Canada good luck and I hope they get who they want in power.
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Comment #4 posted by congamon51 on January 18, 2006 at 11:04:08 PT:
Toronto Star : Canadian Political Article
If Sam Goldstein had two brain cells to rub together,
he would know that legalizing pot would go a long way towards eliminating the gang violence he blames on it!
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Comment #3 posted by FoM on January 16, 2006 at 13:44:30 PT
Toronto Star: Canadian Political Article
So, Just What Were They Smoking?***Candidates, crowd get in the spiritMost at debate back legalizing potBy Rita Daly, Staff ReporterJanuary 16, 2006From the microphone came a question for the candidates that had nothing to do with health or education or the Constitution or guns: "Where do you stand on the legalization of marijuana?"All seven candidates in the riding of Trinity-Spadina, seated at a long table at the front of the lecture hall at the Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre on Bloor St. W. last week, smiled as the more than 300 residents in the packed room suddenly sat up with new interest.So, legalizing pot, eh?The first to answer was John Riddell, a white-haired gentleman running for the Canadian Action Party, whose day job is superintendent of a highrise. The audience hushed as he leaned back in his chair, looked upward and replied with a slight grin, "I don't think I'd have a problem with that."Laughter. Cheers.Next was Nick Lin, running for the Marxist-Leninist Party of Canada, making his fourth attempt for political office.Clearing his throat, he replied, "I don't think it's appropriate for the state to interfere in individual lives."The crowd went wild. "The Communist party? Holy cow!" someone in the second row exclaimed with glee.Next up was the Liberals' Tony Ianno, defending his seat in the riding. He mentioned his support for his party's proposed decriminalization of marijuana, then added something about how pot would obviously become an alternative to drinking, so we'd have to figure out "how to ensure if people are smoking that they're driving safely."People looked at each other aghast. Did we hear right? Things were certainly looking good.Next was Asif Hossain, candidate for the Progressive Canadian Party and a student at the University of Toronto.Hossain leaned forward and declared with a grin, "As the youngest candidate in the room, you might assume that I smoke all the time." Cheers, applause. "But I don't." That being said, he added that he believes in civil liberties, so bring it on.More applause, hoots.Suddenly, the mood in the room turned dark as Conservative candidate Sam Goldstein, seething in his seat, took his turn. Pointing a menacing finger at the crowd, he chastised them for wanting candidates to control gun crime in their city, while wanting to legalize a drug that was causing the gang warfare on their streets."You are supporting gang violence in this city!" he roared. The crowd erupted in anger, shaking their fists as he continued to vent his disgust.The moderator banged on the podium to stop the commotion and finally the next candidate, the New Democratic Party's Olivia Chow, was able to speak."Well," she said. "I'm surprised it has taken so long and still nothing has been done."More applause.Finally, the seventh and final candidate was able to speak  Thom Chapman of the Green party, a young man who plays chess in his spare time.The room waited in silence and then he said, "I'm sorry, I forgot the question."He got the biggest laugh of all.Copyright: 2006 The Toronto Star
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Comment #2 posted by Ferre on January 15, 2006 at 22:29:06 PT
I wish for Steve Kubby and family that this nightmare brought upon them by the US government will endly stop.
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on January 13, 2006 at 15:07:26 PT
Roseville Pot-Store Operator Indicted
Sacramento Business Journal January 13, 2006The operator of a store in Roseville for distribution of marijuana for medical use used the site as a front for dealing drugs and money laundering, local and federal law enforcement officials said Friday.  
A federal grand jury on Thursday handed up a 19-count indictment against Richard James Marino, 52, of Fort Bragg, over the sale of marijuana from Capitol Compassionate Care in Roseville in 2004. The indictment alleges that Marino took in more than $2.75 million in eight months and seeks forfeiture of that amount, including more than $350,000 connected to money laundering. Investigators already had brought a civil forfeiture action to seize property in Newcastle on which Marino allegedly grew marijuana and another is pending against the Roseville store at 327 Lincoln. Complete Article:
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