Pubdate: Sun, 21 Dec 2003
Source: Edmonton Sun (CN AB)
Copyright: 2003, Canoe Limited Partnership.
Author: Ajay Bhardwaj
Bookmark: (Kubby, Steve)


Pot activist Steve Kubby - who says he depends on marijuana to ward off a 
rare form of cancer - is now fighting to stay in Canada.

Kubby, 56, is under a departure order from Citizenship and Immigration 
Canada that would force him, wife Michele, and two daughters, out of the 
country as early as Jan. 15.

The Immigration and Refugee Board denied his application for refugee status.

Michele has filed an appeal, but there is no requirement for Federal Court 
to hear it.

"We're not going to pack up and leave voluntarily," a defiant Steve Kubby 
said yesterday from his home in Sechelt, B.C.

"We love Canada, we love our new Canadian friends. Please let us stay and 
let us become tax-paying Canadian citizens."

Kubby, who suffers from adrenal cancer, was in Edmonton last year for 
radiation treatment at the Cross Cancer Institute. But the treatment wasn't 

Kubby said cannabis is the only medication that helps his condition. He has 
a Health Canada medical exemption to grow and smoke pot.

"I'm going to do what I have to do to save my husband's life," said Michele.

If he's forced to set foot on American soil, Kubby said he'll be thrown in 

"They will not give me marijuana while I'm in jail," he said.

"It means in all probability I will suffer heart attacks, seizures and 
strokes until it kills me."
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