Pubdate: Tue, 10 Aug 1999
Source: U.S. Newswire
Copyright: 1999, U.S. Newswire


Medical Reasons Force Delay 

AUBURN, Calif., Aug. 10 /U.S. Newswire/ -- The medical marijuana trial of
Steve and Michele Kubby in Placer County was put on hold today after
medical complications made it impossible for Michele Kubby to adequately
participate in her own defense. 

After presenting reports from two doctors Sacramento attorney Joe Farina
today moved for a continuance. Farina was joined in his motion by Placer
County attorney Dale Woods who represents Steve Kubby. 

Judge Robert G. Vonasek, a visiting retired Glenn County judge from Orland
who is presiding, found good cause that Michele Kubby. 33, could not
proceed to trial. He ruled to continue the trial to February 15, 2000. 

Michele Kubby's medical condition stems from complications with her current
pregnancy. Last fall, while her husband was the Libertarian Party candidate
for governor in California, she suffered a miscarriage. 

A multi-jurisdictional task force stormed the Kubbys' home in Olympic
Valley last January acting on an anonymous letter received months earlier.
That armed task force arrested Steve and Michele Kubby and confiscated most
of their valuables. After holding the couple for $200,000 bond, another
judge ordered the Placer County Sheriff to release the two on their own

Both Kubbys were medical cannabis patients who had written authorization to
use the substance from their doctors in accordance with Proposition 215,
passed by a majority of California voters more than two years ago. Despite
that Michele Kubby suspended the use of marijuana with the onset of her
pregnancy. Extensive examinations of Steve Kubby at the University of
Southern California under the supervision of Dr. Vincent DeQuattro
conclusively prove that medical marijuana has kept Steve Kubby alive
despite his rare malignant pheochromocytoma, a usually fatal cancer. 

"I'm grateful to the judge for putting families first," said Steve Kubby.
"We'll return to the legal arena, but first I have to take care of my wife,
my daughter, and my soon-to-be-born child," he concluded. 

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