Pubdate: Tue, 26 Jan 1999
Source: Fresno Bee, The (CA)
Copyright: 1999 The Fresno Bee
Author: Jerry W. Hawkins, Fresno, CA


With all the talk about the "will of the people" flying around the
nation and the media, it struck me as strange that The Bee chose to
leave out that very aspect of an important story.

The Jan. 21 story about the arrest of Steven Kubby and his wife on
marijuana charges left out a very important fact. Per their attorney's
statement, the Kubby's are using marijuana under a doctor's care.
Since Proposition 215 was passed by the majority of the voters of
California, this puts them within their rights and within the "will of
the people."

Another fact left out in the story was that, despite the doctor's
prescription, they were charged with intent to sell. There was never a
single instance noted by the police of the Kubbys attempting to sell
or otherwise distribute marijuana.

They are being held on $100,000 bond each and their property will
surely be confiscated by law enforcement, as is the norm under current
laws. However, they were within their rights under a proposition
approved by the voters.

I urge all citizens who are truly interested in the will of the people
to write their state representatives and demand that the Kubbys be
released and the charges dropped. They have committed no crime in this
state and should not be placed in prison for following a doctor's
legal prescription. I would also urge The Bee to print all of the
facts concerning stories it runs in the future.

Jerry W. Hawkins, Fresno, CA

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