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Steve Kubby Running for President

This is a press release from former medical marijuana refugee Steve Kubby, who intends to run in the Libertarian Party presidential primary for 2008. DRCNet for legal reasons does not at this time take positions on candidates. However, we certainly can say that are glad that Steve is in a position to be able to run; that is, alive and not imprisoned. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 28, 2006 For more information contact: Steve Kubby or Sam Clauder, (909) 338-8215 STEVE KUBBY ANNOUNCES CANDIDACY FOR PRESIDENT Seattle, Washington Steve Kubby announced his candidacy for the Libertarian Party nomination for President to more than 50,000 cheering fans on Sunday, August 20, at the 15th annual Seattle Hempfest in Seattle, Washington. More than 150,000 attended the event held in Myrtle Edwards Park on the shores of Puget Sound. "I'm running for President because I'm fed up with bad government, corrupt politicians, and arrogant officials," Kubby said. "Like you, I'd like the government to support my liberty, protect and serve my family, respect my personal property, and stop passing and enforcing laws that assume Americans have the intelligence of a child." Kubby lost a close race in 2000 for the Libertarian Party nomination for Vice President after he was the Libertarian Party candidate for Governor of California in 1998. He has been a businessman, publisher, author, and adjunct college professor, and is married with three children and one grandchild. Kubby was born on December 28, 1946, in El Paso, Texas, to Seymour Kubby, an aerospace engineer and his housewife, Roberta. The Kubby family moved to the Los Angeles area in 1948 where Steve graduated from James Monroe High School in 1964. He received a B.A. in Psychology in 1968 from the California State University, Northridge, where he continued working towards an M.A. in psychobiology. He taught at Shasta Junior College where he received a lifetime teaching credential. He also participated in the Top Gun Naval Weapons School. In 1968, at the age of 23, Kubby was diagnosed with malignant pheochromocytoma, a rare, fatal form of adrenal cancer. He had tumors surgically removed in 1968, 1975, and 1976, by which time the cancer had metastasized to his liver and beyond, and he was given less than five years to live. After continuing chemotherapy, and another surgery at the Mayo Clinic in 1981, Kubby began treating his cancer solely with medical cannabis, and by maintaining a healthy diet. From 1981-1986, he ran a property management company in Lake Tahoe, and from 1986-1991 he founded and published "Ski West," the number one selling ski magazine in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Italy, Australia, and Japan. Kubby authored "The Politics of Consciousness" in 1995, and co-authored "Why Marijuana Should be Legal" in 1996. He was instrumental in the drafting and passage of Proposition 215, "The Compassionate Use Act of 1996," which led to the legalization of medical cannabis in California and 11 other states. Two months after his 1998 Libertarian campaign for California Governor concluded, the Sheriff of Placer County raided Kubby's home and found 265 cannabis plants that were being grown in compliance with California state law. In a guest's room the sheriff also found some peyote and a mushroom stem for which Kubby and his wife were arrested and charged with possession of controlled substances. Kubby's wife was acquitted of all charges while Kubby's jury hung 11-1 in favor of acquittal, resulting in the cannabis charges being dismissed. However, the jury convicted Kubby of possession for the peyote and the mushroom stem and he was sentenced to 120 days in jail. Fearing that his cancer would kill him if he was denied medical cannabis by his jailers, Kubby and his family moved to Canada where he fought extradition for five years. When the Placer County Sheriff's Office agreed to allow Kubby to use marinol, a pharmaceutical derivative of cannabis, to treat his cancer, he returned from exile on January 26, 2006, and turned himself in. On March 6, he was released early for good behavior, and subsequently served 22 days of a 60-day sentence for refusing to return from Canada. Kubby's announcement of his Presidential candidacy was endorsed by an all-star cast of cannabis activists including Jack Herer ("The Emperor Wears No Clothes"), Ed Rosenthal ("Ask Ed"), Chris Conrad ("Hemp For Health"), NORML Founder Keith Stroup, Eddy Lepp (Eddy's Medicinal Gardens), Seattle Hempfest producer Vivian McPeak and federally approved cannabis patient Elvy Musikka. More information is available online at and, or by calling Steve Kubby or Sam Clauder at (909) 338-8215. Kubby for President P.O. Box 50, PMB 199 28200 Hwy 189, N-100 Lake Arrowhead, CA 92352-0050 909-338-8215 [email protected] [email protected]
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Medical Marijuana Patients Get Say in Counties' Legal Challenge to California Medical Marijuana Law

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ACLU, Drug Policy Alliance and Americans for Safe Access Step In to Represent Medical Marijuana Patients in Lawsuit SAN DIEGO A San Diego Superior Court ruled today that lawyers from the American Civil Liberties Union, Americans for Safe Access and the Drug Policy Alliance will be permitted to intervene in a lawsuit brought by several California counties seeking to thwart the state's Compassionate Use Act, which makes medical marijuana legal for patients with a doctor's recommendation. The groups joined the case on behalf of medical marijuana patients and their caregivers and doctors in order to assure their adequate representation in the legal proceedings. "We look forward to the opportunity to stand together with patients in defense of the rights of states to allow medicine to those in need," said David Blair-Loy, an attorney with the ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties. "We are heartened that the court recognized the necessity of giving voice to those truly at risk from the counties' ill-conceived actions." San Diego, San Bernardino and Merced counties argued in a lawsuit filed in state court that federal laws prohibiting all use of marijuana invalidate state laws that allow qualified patients to use medical marijuana. The ACLU, Americans for Safe Access (ASA) and the Drug Policy Alliance (the Alliance) filed legal papers on July 7, 2006 seeking to intervene in the proceedings. "As the largest grassroots organization of patients, doctors and scientists advocating for safe and legal access, we feel it's critically important that California's medical marijuana laws be respected by everyone," said Steph Sherer, executive director of ASA. Daniel Abrahamson, director of legal affairs for the Alliance, added, "These county governments have ignored the needs of their sick and dying residents and the advice of California's physicians. By intervening in the lawsuit, patients will have the chance to confront their rogue county officials in court and defend the legality of the Compassionate Use Act." In addition to entering the case, the group's filing asked for a court order compelling the counties to abide by and implement California's medical marijuana laws, as well as an order affirming that the state's medical marijuana laws are not preempted by contrary federal statutes. The lawsuit, initially brought by San Diego County and later joined by San Bernardino and Merced counties, challenges state laws that permit patients to use, and doctors to recommend, medical marijuana under explicit exemptions from state criminal laws that otherwise prohibit all marijuana use. The counties' lawsuit further challenges the state's Medical Marijuana Program Act, which calls for the implementation of an identification card program that would allow police and others to more easily identify legitimate medical marijuana patients. The ACLU, the Alliance and ASA maintain that state medical marijuana laws are not preempted by the federal ban on medical marijuana. While the federal government is free to enforce its prohibition on medical marijuana, even in states such as California that permit its use, all states remain free to adopt and implement policies of their own design an opinion shared by the California Attorney General's office and the attorneys general of several other states, including Colorado, Hawaii and Oregon, that permit medical use of marijuana. The groups represent Wendy Christakes, Pamela Sakuda, William Britt and Yvonne Westbrook, Californians who use physician-recommended marijuana to treat medical conditions and their side-effects, including chronic pain and sciatica, multiple sclerosis, rectal cancer, epilepsy and post-polio syndrome. The groups also represent Sakuda's spouse and caregiver, Norbert Litzinger, as well as Dr. Stephen O'Brien, a physician who specializes in HIV/AIDS treatment in Oakland, California, and believes that many of his seriously ill patients benefit from the medical use of marijuana. In addition to being co-counsel, ASA is also a party to the proceedings on behalf of its membership, which includes thousands of medical marijuana patients, caregivers and physicians residing in California. The Wo/Men's Alliance for Medical Marijuana (WAMM) is also represented by the groups. WAMM is a medical marijuana collective and hospice located in Santa Cruz, California, whose 250 members, the majority of whom are terminally ill, use marijuana to treat a range of conditions. The groups' legal papers are available online at: The ACLU's January 19, 2006 letter to the San Diego Supervisors explaining why California's medical marijuana laws are not preempted by federal law is online at: California Attorney General Bill Lockyer's opinion issued to the state's Department of Health Services affirming the validity of the state's medical marijuana laws is available at: Additional background on the case can be found at:
San Diego, CA
United States

SAFER to Submit More Than 110,000 Signatures in Support of Marijuana Legalization Initiative

MEDIA ADVISORY For Immediate Release August 3, 2006 SAFER to Submit More Than 110,000 Signatures in Support of Marijuana Legalization Initiative Proponents to hold press conference immediately prior to submission on Monday Contact: Mason Tvert, 720-255-4340 DENVER - On Monday, August 7, Safer Alternative For Enjoyable Recreation (SAFER) will file its initiative petition to legalize up to one ounce of marijuana under state law with the Secretary of State for approval for the November ballot. Prior to submitting the petitions, SAFER will hold a press conference in front of the Denver City-County Building at 11 a.m. "This past November the people of the City of Denver voted to make the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana legal for adults under city ordinances," said SAFER Campaign Director Mason Tvert. "Yet our cowardly city officials blatantly ignored the will of the people and have continued arresting and prosecuting Denver residents under state law for making the safer choice to use marijuana instead of alcohol. We think that is wrong, and it appears more than 110,000 people in the great state of Colorado agree with us. "The unresponsive officials in the Denver City-County Building are responsible for this initiative, which will eliminate the law they are using to punish their own law-abiding citizens," continued Tvert. "So it is only appropriate that we kick off our official campaign right under their noses where they cannot help but sense the ire of those citizens they purportedly represent." Initiative petitions must contain 67,829 signatures of registered voters for the measure to be placed on the November 2006 ballot. What: Press conference to announce submission of signatures to qualify marijuana legalization initiative for the November ballot *** Photo opportunity - campaign signs and boxes of petitions - weather permitting *** Where: Denver City-County Building, 1437 Bannock Street When: Monday, August 7, 11 a.m. Who: Mason Tvert, SAFER campaign director and head of the Colorado Alcohol-Marijuana Equalization Initiative Committee
Denver, CO
United States

New Web Site Released

July 31, 2006 For Immediate Release: The web site ( has been revised, redesigned, and developed in a showcase on science and the marijuana issue. Now DrugScience is set to introduce features in political science to supplement its longstanding archives on the cannabis rescheduling petition and the recent history of marijuana research. The redesigned is the home of the Cannabis Rescheduling Petition and background on the Coalition for Rescheduling Cannabis. The content of both the 1995 and the 2002 Rescheduling Petitions are available in easily accessible html, along with considerable background and archival materials including the original evaluations of THC and Marijuana by HHS prior to the historic hearings before Judge Francis Young in the 1980s. Created by Jon Gettman, DrugScience presents material on the history of rescheduling efforts as well as detailed explanations of the scientific research behind the legal and medical arguments for medical cannabis. The segmented presentation of the material from the two rescheduling petitions provides a rich source of subject matter to link to in various contexts, such as a short explanation why cannabis has low toxicity or a review of the Gateway Theory, all accessible through browsing the contents of the petitions or use of our powerful search engine. Some of the recommended features of include:
  • Marijuana research summaries
  • Scientific and legal arguments for medical marijuana
  • Search engine for research reports on marijuana and health;
  • Cannabis rescheduling petition
  • Commentary, history, and analysis of marijuana reform issues
  • Comprehensive drug policy research links
  • Marijuana research bibliographies
  • A Guide to marijuana's legal status under the federal Controlled Substances Act
Coming soon to The Bulletin of Cannabis Reform. The purpose of the Bulletin of Cannabis Reform is to report on marijuana policy and the efforts to change it but more to the point the purpose of the Bulletin is to circulate and promote new thinking about cannabis reform. The premier issue of the Bulletin includes a tribute to Bob Randall, the first legal medical cannabis patient in the United States and founder of the medical cannabis movement, as well as an excerpt from Arnold Trebach's new book and a detailed analysis of the recent unsuccessful congressional vote of the Hinchey-Rohrabacher medical cannabis amendment with detailed regional maps of voting by Congressional District. The Bulletin will an on-line journal supplemented by a subscriber newsletter for announcements, background material responding to current events, and notices about the progress of the Cannabis Rescheduling Petition. The scientific and research focus of the Bulletin is directly influenced by the Cannabis Rescheduling Petition now under review by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). This HHS review is part of an ongoing administrative process that could ease restrictions on legal access to cannabis for medical patients and must address all relevant scientific literature on the subject of marijuana use in the United States. The Bulletin of Cannabis Reform seeks to compile a record of the most recent scientific findings as preparation for challenges to any attempt by HHS and other federal agencies to deny legal, regulated access to medical patients throughout the United States. The wider focus on cannabis reform seeks to apply the critical perspective of the rescheduling process to the reform movement itself. The Bulletin will seek to address these central questions: what has been learned from decades of reform activity and how can contemporary reform efforts address the social, economic, and political needs of both marijuana users and the general public. An informed public benefits from diverse points of view, and so will the cause of cannabis reform. The goal of the Bulletin is to encourage creative and successful approaches to marijuana's legalization. The Bulletin of Cannabis Reform will be a public, independent forum. These new features and the overall redesign of have produced a new showcase for the cause of cannabis reform with appeal to many different segments of the general public, such as students, academics, researchers, professionals, businessmen and women and parents. DrugScience provides access to the scientific, policy, and research materials that make the case for the reform of cannabis laws in the United States, and provides a new standard to the cause of marijuana reform. For more information: Jon Gettman: [email protected] The Bulletin of Cannabis Reform:
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Cops Say Legalize Drugs: LEAP Forum at DPA Los Angeles Office

For Immediate Release Contact: Alberto Mendoza, (213) 201-4785 July 20, 2006 Growing Movement of Law Enforcement Officers Indict the War on Drugs LEAP (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition) to Debut 12-minute Video Offering Radical Alternative to War on drugs LEAP Event (Thursday, July 27th) Comes as West Hollywood Makes Marijuana Enforcement Lowest Priority Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), an organization of current and former members of law enforcement who believe the war on drugs has failed, will hold an event, “Law Enforcement Indicts the War of Drugs” on Thursday, July 27 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Drug Policy Alliance’s Los Angeles office, 610 Ardmore Ave. At the event, LEAP will offer a radical alternative to the failed war on drugs. The premier of LEAP’s new 12-minute video will be followed by a panel of law enforcement and drug policy experts. The event comes on the heels of the recent passage of the West Hollywood Marijuana Resolution to make marijuana enforcement the lowest priority, and a similar measure in Santa Monica which is expected to qualify for the November election. Polling indicates the public is overwhelmingly in favor of both measures. “The drug war has arguably been the single most devastating, dysfunctional social policy since slavery,” said Norm Stamper, the former Seattle Police Chief and LEAP member. LEAP, with over 3,000 members, was formed three years ago to give voice to law enforcement officers who believe the war on drugs has failed and who wish to support alternative policies that will lower the incidence of death, disease, crime, and addiction, by ultimately ending drug prohibition. LEAP is made up of former drug warriors – police, parole, probation and correction officers, judges and prosecutors. "Over a thousand young people went to jail as a direct result of what I did out there as one undercover agent...something I'm certainly not proud of today,” said Cole, a retired undercover narcotics officer for the New Jersey State. The event is sponsored by the Drug Policy Alliance, LEAP and Common Sense for Drug Policy. For more information, please call 213-201-4785.
Los Angeles, CA
United States

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