Steve Kubby has been freed from prison. Here’s the scoop:
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.