Medical Marijuana: Steve Kubby Back in Jail for 60 Days -- Or Less 3/17/06

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California medical marijuana activist Steve Kubby is back behind bars, but there is a not so distant light at the end of the tunnel. The coauthor of Proposition 215 and former Libertarian Party gubernatorial candidate was sentenced Tuesday to serve 60 days for violating his probation by moving to Canada in 2001 rather than serve a 120-day sentence for drug possession.

Kubby, who suffers from a rare form of adrenal cancer whose symptoms are alleviated by marijuana, was the subject of a 1999 raid by Placer County authorities who sought to convict him as a marijuana trafficker for growing his own medicine. When that effort failed, they tried and convicted him for possession of a mushroom stem and a peyote button found in a guest bedroom in his home.

Fearing that he would die in jail without his medicine, Kubby moved himself and his family to Canada. But, after a lengthy legal process, Canadian authorities ordered him deported in January, and he was arrested on a Placer County warrant when he returned to the US.

Kubby was not allowed to use medical marijuana while jailed in Placer County on the 120-day sentence and suffered weight loss and bloody urine, but was able to stabilize his condition -- at least for the short term -- with the synthetic cannabinoid Marinol. He was released last week after serving only 20 days of his sentence, with jail officials citing good behavior and jail overcrowding.

Kubby and his supporters are hoping this sentence will be similarly truncated. "Hopefully, I can just serve 20 days of it," he told reporters Tuesday, "but I've been given no guarantee."

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