Most of you have probably already heard by now that the Canadian government has very politely booted medi-pot patient and refugee-activist Steve Kubby out of their country and into the waiting claws of California’s Drug Thugs.
For those who don’t know who Kubby is, here’s a brief summary: Kubby was the Libertarian Party candidate for governor in 1998, and at the same time a leading promoter of “Proposition 215″ which when passed by a majority of California voters, became the Compassionat Use Act and legalized the use of marijuana for medical conditions as recommended by licensed doctors.
The proposition didn’t spell out any rules for distribution and Kubby was a very visible proponent of “growing your own,” and did some experimenting at his rustic Placer County home with various strains of cannabis to develop a weed that would provide maximum medical benefit with minimal amount of smoking. So in 1999 he was raided by the local Drug Thug brigade, who took all his plants, and mysteriously found tiny amounts of psilocybn and peyote in a guest bedroom.
Kubby was tried for “possession (of the pot) with intent to distribute,” a felony, and for possession of the trace psilocybn and peyote, a misdemeanor charge. The Kubbys beat the pot charges (owing to the Compassionate Use Act, but not the charges for the psilocybn and peyote, and Steve was sentenced to 120 days.
One might think this outcome a qualified victory for the Kubbys, but it was more of a phyrric one. Because Steve’s condition, for which he uses marijuana, is a rare adrenal gland ailment known as malignant phenochromocytoma. It’s a form of cancer which causes the adrenal gland to over-produce adrenalin (what causes the “fight or flight” effect when one is alarmed), resulting in a raging fever, sky-high bloodpressure, swelling kidneys and death after several days with no treatment.
The condition is usually fatal within a few weeks, but to the amazement of his many doctors, Steve has managed to keep himself alive for 25 years by smoking copious amounts of marijuana. To keep his symptoms in check he smokes a joint roughly every half-hour. If he goes without for more than a few hours, he starts feeling ill. By the end of 24 hours he is feverish and retching. After three days (the longest he has spent incarcerated) he is completely bedridden, his heart burning itself out via tachycardia. There is more information about Kubby’s history and situation in this Wikipedia article.
There is not a single jail in the United States where prisoners are allowed to smoke pot, medical needs notwithstanding. So 120 days in the pokey, which would be simply a major inconvenience for most of us, is a death sentence for Kubby.
Steve Kubby as he appears in A Drug War Carol (print version only).
So the Kubbys fled to Canada and joined a couple of hundred other “medi-pot” refugees. But the oh-so-polite Canucks believed assurances from U.S. Drug Thugs that Kubby would get “adequate medical treatment” in jail so after about 5 years of legal wrangling, the Canadian government ordered the Kubbys to go home.
Upon his return to the United States he was arrested before he could even get off the plane by San Francisco Drug Thugs at the request of the Placer County Drug Thugs, and transferred to the Placer County Jail several hours later.
According to his wife, Kubby has been given Marinol in jail. Marinol is a pill containing THC, but none of the other life-saving cannabinoids found in actual marijuana. Early reports are that the Marinol is alleviating symptoms slightly, but Steve doubts he would survive 120 days (the prosecutors now want to lengthen that time, because he had skipped the country) in this situation. For more details about the current situation, look here.
Drug Thugs will tell you that they’re just neutral enforcers of the law, and if you don’t like the laws, change them. Well, we did change the law, and the Drug Thugs have done everything in their power to thwart, undermine, and undo that change.
When one looks at the hard facts — that marijuana has to be the most benign of all the popular recreational drugs, including the legal ones; that for some sick people, marijuana is either the most effective treatment for symptoms or the most effective way to alleviate undesirable side-effects (particularly nausea) of other prescribed medications; that drug prohibition has not stopped people from using prohibited substances but has generated a veritable holocaust of inner-city crime (just like alcohol prohibition in the 1920s) — it makes one want to grab a Drug Thug by the lapels, shake him and shout, “WHAT THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH YOU DUMBASSES????”
What’s wrong with them is that their Drug Prohibition has become a religion for them. Controlled substances, especially marijuana, are Satan, end of argument, and anyone suggesting that Drugs are Not Satan is at best, a dupe of the Evil One. And this “medical marijuana” stuff is a great big hoax, see? Kubby and his doctors are a bunch of damn liars, see, and the Drug Thugs are going to prove it by depriving him of his Evil Weed and watching him not die after he gets tired of faking being sick.
So either Kubby is a damn liar, or he’ll be dead in a couple of weeks.
If he survives, without serious injury, I suppose a lot of us are going to look pretty stupid.
Placer County DA Brad Fenocchio as he appears in A Drug War Carol, playing the role of a back-stabbing underling to the Drug Czar.
If he dies, then Sheriff Ed Bonner (Kubby’s jailer) and prosecutors Brad Fennochio and Chris Cattran, and Canadian Federal Judge Yvon Pinard and Immigration Ministry counselor Keith Reimer, will be murderers, or accessories to murder.
And they will not be forgotten, nor forgiven.