Pubdate: Tue, 07 Mar 2006
Source: Globe and Mail (Canada)
Copyright: 2006, The Globe and Mail Company
Author: Associated Press
Bookmark: (Cannabis - Medicinal)
Bookmark: (Kubby, Steve)


Sacramento, Calif. - A medical marijuana activist who was forced to 
return to the United States earlier this year has been freed from 
jail after serving a third of his four-month sentence for drug 
possession, officials said.

Steve Kubby was released after 40 days for good behaviour and because 
of a need to reduce crowding under a federal court order, Placer 
County jail officials said.

He fled to Canada following his 2001 conviction for possession of a 
hallucinogen found in peyote and a psychedelic mushroom. He 
repeatedly sought refugee status, claiming he was persecuted for his 
advocacy of medical marijuana use. A Canadian court rejected his 
appeals in January.

Mr. Kubby lost 25 pounds in jail but said he gained respect for his 
jailers and the medical staff that treated him. Mr. Kubby says he has 
used marijuana to curb symptoms from a rare form of adrenal cancer.

"I realized the taunting and skepticism about my condition that I 
experienced when I was first jailed here in 1999 was not present with 
any of the jail staff this time," he said.

Mr. Kubby, the 1998 Libertarian candidate for California governor, 
had gained attention when he helped write and lobby for the state's 
medical marijuana law. The law, approved by voters in 1996, 
decriminalized the use of marijuana for medical purposes under state 
law, but it remains illegal under federal law.

Mr. Kubby still faces a March 14 hearing for failing to appear at his 
original sentencing five years ago.
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