Pubdate: Fri, 27 Jan 2006
Source: Calgary Herald (CN AB)
Copyright: 2006 Calgary Herald
Author: CanWest News Service
Bookmark: (Cannabis - Medicinal - Canada)
Bookmark: (Kubby, Steve)


American medical marijuana crusader Steve Kubby was deported back to 
California on Thursday, where his lawyer says he faces a "death penalty."

"I'm being forced into a medical experiment -- this is a very serious 
threat to me," a shaky Kubby said at the Vancouver Airport as he 
leaned on his wife, Michele, for support. "My wife likens it to 
taking insulin away from a diabetic."

A Federal Court judge rejected Kubby's final appeal to stay in 
Canada. Four years ago, Kubby got a 120-day sentence in jail near 
Sacramento, for possession of peyote and a magic mushroom stem.

Michele told court her husband, who has adrenal cancer and has used 
pot to ease his symptoms for nearly 20 years, would die if he 
returned to California to serve out a drug sentence. He and his 
family, including two children, fled to Canada in 2001, claiming refugee status.
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