Pubdate: Mon, 15 Feb 1999
Source: Sacramento Bee (CA)
Copyright: 1999 The Sacramento Bee
Contact:  P.O.Box 15779, Sacramento, CA 95852
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SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Steve and Michelle Kubby reassured
Libertarians Sunday night that they grew marijuana solely for their
own use and had no intent to sell it.

Steve Kubby was the party's candidate in last year's governor's race.
He and his wife were arrested last month at their Olympic Valley home
where authorities seized 256 pot plants.

They were charged with cultivating marijuana, conspiracy and
possession with intent to sell.

"There was no way economically we could stop growing his medicine,"
Mrs. Kubby told the crowd at the Libertarian Party's state convention,
which ended Monday in San Jose.

The worst part of their ordeal , she said, was time in the Auburn jail
where she could hear her husband vomiting but was not allowed to see

"This medicine (marijuana) is what keeps him alive," she said. Without
it, "they almost killed him."

Kubby has a rare form of adrenal cancer. The marijuana helps control
his blood pressure, helping protect against stroke, Mrs. Kubby said.
She uses pot as an anti-spasmodic for irritable bowel syndrome.
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