Re: virus: resolute in defense

Tue, 23 Feb 1999 16:39:57 -0800

joe dees wrote:

> Well, the referenda seem to be doing well (a flawless record of passage so far, every time the citizenry have been allowed to vote).

The voters cast their lot for sanity, and the cops and prosecutors, whose power is diminished by decriminalization crack down all the harder to make their point. Have you heard about Steve Kubby, former Libertarian party candidate for governer in California?

>From Bay Area briefs:

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Steve and Michelle Kubby reassured Libertarians Sunday night that they grew marijuana solely for their own use and had no
intent to sell it.

Steve Kubby was the party's candidate in last year's governor's race. He and
his wife were arrested last month at their Olympic Valley home where authorities seized 256 pot plants.

They were charged with cultivating marijuana, conspiracy and possession with
intent to sell.

"There was no way economically we could stop growing his medicine," Mrs. Kubby told the crowd at the Libertarian Party's state convention, which ended Monday in San Jose.

The worst part of their ordeal , she said, was time in the Auburn jail where
she could hear her husband vomiting but was not allowed to see him.

"This medicine (marijuana) is what keeps him alive," she said. Without it,
"they almost killed him."

Kubby has a rare form of adrenal cancer. The marijuana helps control his blood pressure, helping protect against stroke, Mrs. Kubby said. She uses
pot as an anti-spasmodic for irritable bowel syndrome.

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SAN JOSE, Calif., Feb. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Steve Kubby, the 1998 Libertarian
candidate for governor who was arrested last month on marijuana charges -
despite being a medical marijuana patient protected under Proposition 215 -
was awarded the Libertarian Party of California's 10th biennial "Sons of Liberty Award" at the party's state convention today.

The award - the state party's highest honor - is given to the candidate who
was most effective in communicating Libertarian principles to voters during
his or her campaign. The award was announced at the 18th annual Samuel Adams Society Luncheon, which capped off the party's 1999 convention held
this weekend in San Jose at the Doubletree Hotel.

The award comes nearly one month after Steve and his wife Michele were arrested following a six-month surveillance of their home in Olympic Valley.
The Kubbys' medical marijuana case is scheduled to go before a criminal grand jury on Wednesday, February 17, in Placer County.

"Steve Kubby ran a principled Libertarian campaign and fully deserves this
award," announced Samuel Adams Society founder and president Jack Dean, a
former Libertarian state chair. "Even now, despite facing criminal charges
that are unwarranted and outrageous, he continues to embody the principles
of libertarianism."

Previous Sons of Liberty Award winners include Calaveras County Supervisor
Thomas Tryon (1997) and current Libertarian National Chairman David Bergland

Also presented at the luncheon was the Karl J. Bray Memorial Award for Activism, given to Allan L. Swain of Whitmore. The Bray award is designed
"to reward conspicuous and meritorious activism furthering the goals of the
Libertarian Party of California," according to the award criteria.

Swain, former party chairman of Shasta County, has been instrumental in establishing and maintaining Libertarian Party county organizations in and
around Shasta, including Siskiyou and Trinity Counties. Swain becomes the
award's 19th recipient. Previous winners include former Libertarian state
chair Ted Brown (1988) and San Diego activist Richard Rider (1993).

Cypress Semiconductors President & CEO T.J. Rodgers was the guest speaker at
the luncheon.

The Samuel Adams Society was founded in 1981 to provide recognition to Libertarian candidates and activists.

> A more radical idea would be a national Surrender Day. If everyone who, say, smokes MJ showed up, all on the same day, at their closest police station with a couple of joints and turned themselves in, the jails could not hold them all.

Heck, there aren't enough cells to hold the tiny fraction of users who actually get busted. Prison construction has been a booming industry throughout the Drug War.