Pubdate: Sat, 28 Jan 2006
Source: Sacramento Bee (CA)
Copyright: 2006 The Sacramento Bee
Author: Art Campos, Bee Staff Writer
Note: Letters from newspaper's circulation area receive publishing priority
Alert: Steve Kubby Is in the Placer County Jail
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Medical marijuana activist Steven Wynn Kubby was transferred Friday to
the Placer County Jail, where he will begin serving a 120-day sentence
for a drug conviction in 2000, Placer County authorities said.

Deported from Canada, the 58-year-old Kubby was arrested Thursday by
San Francisco police on a no-bail warrant when his Alaska Airlines
flight landed at San Francisco International Airport.

He was held overnight in the San Mateo County jail in Redwood City
before being transferred to Placer County, said sheriff's Sgt. Brian

Kubby will appear in Placer Superior Court on Tuesday for arraignment
on a charge of violating probation, Whigam said.

Kubby has contended he will die if made to serve the four-month jail
sentence because he needs to use marijuana daily to keep his rare form
of adrenal cancer in remission.

He moved to Canada in 2001, seeking refuge from the jail term, but
Canadian officials ordered Kubby out of the country this week after he
exhausted all legal appeals to stay.

His Placer County case stems from a 1999 raid on his Olympic Valley
home near Lake Tahoe in which sheriff's deputies found 265 marijuana
plants that he said he needed to treat his cancer.

The officers also found small amounts of mescaline, the active
ingredient in peyote, and hallucinogenic mushrooms that contained the
banned substance psilocyn.

Charges of marijuana possession and cultivation were dismissed after a
jury voted 11-1 for acquittal, but the panel found him guilty of
felony possession of the mescaline and psilocyn.
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