HTTP/1.0 200 OK Content-Type: text/html Medical Marijuana Activist Wins Round One
Pubdate: Tue, 26 Nov 2002
Source: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (Canada Web)
Copyright: 2002 CBC
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MEDICAL MARIJUANA ACTIVIST WINS ROUND ONE

SECHELT, B.C. - Canadian authorities have dropped charges against an 
American living in Sechelt, who uses marijuana to help him deal with his 
cancer.

In Sechelt court on Monday, charges of cultivating and possession for the 
purpose of trafficking against Steve Kubby were dropped, and the judge 
ordered the return of his growing equipment and the marijuana seized by the 
RCMP.

"They were really concerned about our welfare and about doing the right 
thing," says Kubby. "And we've never seen that in a court before."

However, as Kubby celebrates his court victory, he is also preparing for 
another fight an eight-day immigration hearing next March in Vancouver.

He fears politicians who oppose the decriminalization of marijuana will use 
him as an example and try to remove him from Canada.

"They're looking at me as as being a symbol for hoards of potheads coming 
up from America and taking over Canada if they let me in," he says. "It's a 
big deal. The government knows if they send me back to the United States 
it's a death warrant for me."

Kubby faced charges in the U.S. before coming to Canada as a visitor, and 
then claimed refugee status.

He was recently given a Health Canada exemption for medical marijuana 
because of his cancer.
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