Steve Kubby Released From Jail After 20 Days

  Steve Kubby Released From Jail After 20 Days

Posted by CN Staff on April 06, 2006 at 07:45:49 PT
By Michelle Miller 
Source: Auburn Journal 

California -- Medical marijuana advocate Steve Kubby was released from the Placer County Jail Wednesday after serving one-third of a 60-day jail sentence for violating probation. He was released early due to jail overcrowding.Kubby violated probation from a 2000 drug conviction when he failed to return to the United States following a trip to Canada. He was deported in January from Canada back to California.
While serving the 120-day sentence from his conviction, Kubby requested marijuana in jail to control symptoms from adrenal cancer. His request was denied and he was administered Marinol, a synthetic form of marijuana. Kubby served 40 days of that sentence before being released and going back to jail for probation violation.Kubby said Wednesday afternoon shortly after being released for the second time that he is pleased to close that chapter of his life. He looks forward to new business ventures and supporting his family."Whatever I have endured, my wife has shown so much more bravery and courage in protecting my children and keeping my family together," he said.He said the experience showed that Marinol could control his blood pressure and he is considering using it in addition to his medical marijuana prescription."I'd like to express my appreciation to jail and medical staff," he said. "They were professional, dedicated, and I felt they were there to protect me." Source: Auburn Journal (CA)Author: Michelle MillerPublished: Wednesday, April 5, 2006Copyright: 2006 Auburn JournalContact: ajournal foothill.netWebsite: Articles & Web Site:The Kubby Chronicles Marijuana Champion Free Frees Pot Activist

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Comment #23 posted by charmed quark on April 07, 2006 at 16:38:31 PT
Statins and memory loss
That one freaked me out as a statin user - I've never heard it before. I did a quick Google and found it is based on a couple of anecdotal reports and has not be substantiated by formal testing of cognitive function. Whew - had me worried for a minute.However - the "studies" finding various evils in cannabis are not much better. Yet these are splashed on the front pages of papers while the statin ones linger in obscure corners of the internet. Pretty fun except they arrest you for one and sell you the other.
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Comment #22 posted by Hope on April 07, 2006 at 04:18:54 PT
Steve Kubby
I sure hope this means he's free now. More than in prison that is.Jerry should be released because of over crowding. Shouldn't he?
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Comment #21 posted by gloovins on April 07, 2006 at 00:07:48 PT
Steve is free
Yes Steve is free but what if he had died in jail & this thing went in completely the other way?Would Michelle Kubby be preparing funural arrangements and would she & her family & the whole cannabis community be mourning, angry and in deep pain at a loss of such an intelligent, well liked, peaceful man?A loss the prohibians in law enforecment would chalk up as collateral damage, surely....and just hope the negative publicity goes away like it did mostly (unfortunately) in both McWilliams cases most of us at c-news are "in the know" about......just something to put in our collective mental pipe to smoke. (pun semi-intended) ;)Steve & the whole Kubby family congrats to being some very classy, bold individuals. My hats off to you all...for they can NEVER lock up your spirit!
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Comment #20 posted by Max Flowers on April 06, 2006 at 18:13:58 PT
Hastert NOT an okay guy!! TOTAL insider fat cat Repugnican. Arrogant as any of them. He would be more of the same.
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Comment #19 posted by mayan on April 06, 2006 at 17:16:53 PT
Steve's Free!!! The beast spit him out! Steve left a bad taste in it's mouth I'm sure. Yippee!
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Comment #18 posted by OverwhelmSam on April 06, 2006 at 15:04:58 PT
OT Marijuana Petition Article Approved
PROVINCETOWN - Voters inhaled and then approved a nonbinding resolution to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana last night at town meeting.The citizen-petition article was brought forward by resident Barbara Rushmore, who said she was interested in reducing police overtime costs associated with officers appearing in Orleans District Court for prosecution of minor marijuana cases.The article directs the town to ask Police Chief Ted Meyer to have his department issue $50 tickets for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana. Last week, Meyer said a change in state law would be necessary to reduce the penalty for marijuana possession.
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Comment #17 posted by FoM on April 06, 2006 at 12:00:43 PT

Related Article from SF
Kubby a Free Man Again***Thursday, Apr. 06, 2006 “I am very grateful for the support of activists. Your help worked, and quickly,” Kubby said.Contact: Steve Kubby (530) 823-3040 Medical-marijuana advocate Steve Kubby left Placer County Jail Wednesday, thankful to supporters for his early release after serving 22 days of a 60-day sentence for violation of his 2001 probation. “I am very grateful for the support of activists. Your help worked, and quickly,” Kubby said. “It made all the difference in the world in me surviving my involuntary tour through the criminal-justice system.” Kubby is a 30-year survivor of malignant adrenal cancer, and has controlled the always-fatal disease for the past two decades exclusively with medical marijuana. He found Marinol an acceptable, if not ideal, substitute during his incarceration. Leaving Canada January 26, Kubby was arrested at the San Francisco airport and transferred to Placer County, and jailed for a 2000 conviction of possession of a mushroom stem and peyote buttons. He was released early after serving 40 days of the 120-day sentence because of his good behavior and jail overcrowding. Steve and his wife, Michele, can now face life for the first time in seven years without the threat of criminal prosecution, although Steve still must complete two and a half years of probation. The couple was arrested weeks after the end of the 1998 gubernatorial campaign, in which Steve Kubby was the Libertarian Party nominee, running against, amongst others, former Attorney General Dan Lungren. An anonymous note mailed to the North Tahoe Task Force led to six months surveillance and a Jan. 19, 1999, search of the couple’s Olympic Valley residence. Placer County prosecuted the Kubbys on 19 felony counts, but a jury would not convict them on any of the marijuana charges. Steve has been invited to speak at two events in the coming weeks. On Sunday, he will attend the Compassionate Coalition’s Cannabis at the Capitol musical rally, which is scheduled from noon to 6 p.m. on the Capitol’s west steps. And Steve has also agreed to speak at the NORML convention, which runs from Thursday, April 20, through Saturday, April 22, at the San Francisco Holiday Inn on Van Ness. Until then, Steve will remain in Northern California. He can be reached at the residence of journalist Pat McCartney.
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Comment #16 posted by FoM on April 06, 2006 at 10:50:07 PT

Thank you! Steve is back and a voice again for us here in the USA! Thanks so much!
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Comment #15 posted by ElPatricio on April 06, 2006 at 10:48:21 PT:

L.A. Times' brief on Kubby release
Steve will stay in Placer County the next few weeks, and attend several medical-marijuana events in Northern California. This Sunday, he will speak at the Compassionate Coalition's Cannabis At The Capitol musical rally in Sacramento. The annual event, held on the Capitol's west steps, runs from noon to 6 p.m.Steve has also been asked to speak at NORML's conference in San Francisco, to be held from April 20 to April 22 at the Holiday Inn on Van Ness.Below is a brief that reporter Eric Bailey wrote for today's L.A. Times.Steve wants to thank everyone for their support. He's excited about what he may do next. Stay tuned.Regards,Patrick "Pat" McCartney
Auburn, Calif.Los Angeles Times
In Brief The State/AuburnMedical Pot Advocate Is Released From JailFrom Times Staff and Wire Reports
April, 6 2006Placer County Jail released medical marijuana advocate Steve Kubby on Wednesday after he spent three weeks behind bars for fleeing to Canada five years ago to avoid serving time on a drug conviction. 
Kubby returned to the United States this year and spent 40 days in jail for the original conviction on possession of a psychedelic mushroom and peyote button. After a few days of freedom, he returned to the jail to serve 60 days for failing to appear in 2001 to serve his original sentence. His stay ended early because of overcrowding.

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Comment #14 posted by FoM on April 06, 2006 at 10:34:50 PT

Thanks. I guess it doesn't surprise me. Is there a politican that doesn't take bribes?
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Comment #13 posted by FoM on April 06, 2006 at 10:32:41 PT

Thanks Siege
I really believe that global warming is a major cause of the storms. I don't believe that citizens will want to allow our government which is us to keep fixing homes in storm areas. It might soon be time to move inland a little since I just don't think it will get better for a long time.Insurance Co. to Drop Florida Policies WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - A large insurance company plans to begin canceling coverage for 140,000 Florida homeowners this summer, less than two months after the start of hurricane season.
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Comment #12 posted by whig on April 06, 2006 at 10:32:21 PT

According to Sibel Edmonds, Hastert takes bribes.
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Comment #11 posted by siege on April 06, 2006 at 10:26:57 PT

Have No Idea???
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Comment #10 posted by FoM on April 06, 2006 at 10:21:48 PT

Thanks. Is he an OK person?
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Comment #9 posted by siege on April 06, 2006 at 10:20:48 PT

I think it would be the Speaker of the House::: Dennis Hastert
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Comment #8 posted by FoM on April 06, 2006 at 10:00:18 PT

Here's one from the Village Voice. If they impeach Bush who will become president? Not Cheney I hope? Who is under Cheney?
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Comment #7 posted by dongenero on April 06, 2006 at 09:50:58 PT

OT, on AP too
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Comment #6 posted by dongenero on April 06, 2006 at 09:48:46 PT

OT: Bush authorized intel leak
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Comment #5 posted by FoM on April 06, 2006 at 09:27:47 PT

I will feel so much better when Jerry is back home with Linda. I care about all the people in prison over marijuana but like I told my sister I can only focus on one person at a time or I would overload. I am very happy for Steve and Michele and I wish for them that the rest of their life is filled with blessings and only good things.
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Comment #4 posted by Toker00 on April 06, 2006 at 09:20:20 PT

Now leave Steve Kubby alone!
And release Jerry Sisson and all other prisoners of The Cannabis War. You just gotta hope Jerry will be next. Wage peace on war. END CANNABIS PROHIBITION NOW! 
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Comment #3 posted by FoM on April 06, 2006 at 08:06:05 PT

Now I want Jerry sent home. One home. One to go.
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Comment #2 posted by whig on April 06, 2006 at 08:05:08 PT

Yay Steve!
Just, Yay!
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on April 06, 2006 at 07:50:06 PT

Canada: News Article from The Globe and Mail
Znaimer Eyes Pot Riches***CITY-TV innovator's venture eyes potential of cannabis's medicinal value Leonard Zehr, From Thursday's Globe and MailTORONTO — Moses Znaimer, the media guru who revolutionized the face of television with urban, interactive programming, is now gearing up to bring marijuana-based drugs to Canada's medicine cabinets."In our opinion, the situation today is similar to the emergence of poppy-derived medicines 100 years ago that has given us codeine and other drugs," he said at a briefing yesterday to publicly launch Cannasat Therapeutics Inc."Cannasat stands at the convergence of science, health care, government policy and evolving social norms with respect to the therapeutic potential of marijuana and cannabis-based medicines."Mr. Znaimer, 63, stepped down as president and executive producer of 17 CHUM TV stations in 2003, after a 32-year career, to try his hand at something different.Mr. Znaimer and retailer Joseph Mimran, of Alfred Sung and Club Monaco fame, became investors in Cannasat in 2004 after the drug developer was founded by merchant bank Hill & Gertner Capital Corp. Cannasat went public on the TSX Venture Exchange this year through a type of reverse takeover of with Lonsdale Public Ventures Inc., a capital pool company. The stock closed yesterday at 40 cents, up 15 cents.In the past two years, Cannasat has raised $6.5-million in financing and acquired a minority stake in Saskatoon-based Prairie Plant Systems Inc., the only government-licensed grower and distributor of medicinal cannabis in Canada. Its crop is grown in a Flin Flon, Man., mineshaft.Stressing that medicinal marijuana is not about getting high or getting a buzz, Mr. Znaimer said "it's about function," referring to generally accepted anecdotal evidence that the drug can provide rapid pain relief. Indeed, Cannasat's director of public relations, Sara Irwin, who was diagnosed with cancer of the hip and pelvis 17 years ago, is now a licensed medical marijuana user and said the drug has "improved the quality of my life greatly."Moreover, Mr. Znaimer, who is chairman of Cannasat and owns a 5-per-cent stake, said a pain pill developed from cannabis would go a long way to eliminating the adverse side effects of traditional drugs, such as Celebrex, and the "social stigma of smoking marijuana."But don't expect to see it behind the local pharmacy counter any time soon.The company is still formulating a delivery technology at its lab at the University of Alberta that is needed to transport cannabis in the bloodstream. It hopes to begin early stage testing in humans by the end of 2007, the start of a typical five-year process to obtain regulatory approval, said chief executive officer David Hill.Chief medical officer Umar Syed said the company initially is targeting pain and nausea associated with chemotherapy and AIDS-associated wasting disease, and neuropathy pain associated with diabetes, AIDS and shingles.In the meantime, Mr. Znaimer said Cannasat is launching a media and information campaign about safe and legal methods of acquiring cannabis as a medicine in Canada, one of only three countries in the world where that's possible."Many Canadians are not aware of the program and many who use it as a medicine have to get it . . . on the street and expose themselves to a process that is criminal, paying too much and never getting the same quality twice," he said,With a doctor's approval, patients can apply to Health Canada to become registered card-carrying users under the Marijuana Medical Access Regulations. First shipments began in 2003 and are couriered monthly to users. Medicinal marijuana sells for about $5 a gram, about a third of its street cost.Copyright: 2006 Bell Globemedia Publishing Inc.
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