Pubdate: Wed, 20 Jan 1999
Source: U.S. Newswire
Copyright: 1999, U.S. Newswire


AUBURN, Calif., Jan. 20 /U.S. Newswire/ -- What happens when you don't win
an election for Governor in California? Like many third world nations, you
go directly to jail without passing Go.

In a morning raid yesterday, 1998 Libertarian Party gubernatorial candidate
Steve Kubby and his wife, Michele, were arrested at their Olympic Valley
home and incarcerated in the Placer County Jail in Auburn. According to the
Kubbys' attorney, Dale Wood, officials apparently "stacked" felony marijuana
cultivation charges to bring bail up to $100,000 for each of the Kubbys.

The Kubbys will learn the actual charges tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. when they are
arraigned in Tahoe City. At that time, Wood will ask that his clients' bail
be reduced to a signature for their own recognizance. "It's appropriate that
they reduce bail in this case," said Wood noting that Kubby has strong ties
to the community, posing no flight risk.

Kubby was instrumental in the passage of Proposition 215, the medical
marijuana initiative that voters approved more than two years ago. Kubby
himself is a medical marijuana patient who made no secret of his need for
the medicine during his campaign for Governor last year. According to Kubby,
he was only growing what was medically necessary to ensure the successful
treatment of the usually fatal cancer that has been with him for more than
22 years.

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