Steve Kubby, co-author of California Proposition 215, grows dangerously ill in US custody
Tuesday, January 31, 2006
Steve Kubby who was facing extradition from Canada, returned to California, was arrested, and is now in custody in Placer County, California Jail, pending a hearing today. He is a medical cannabis patient who relies on the drug to regulate the symptoms of malignant phenochromocytoma, a cancer of the adrenal gland which can cause the level of adrenaline in his system to fluctuate out of control. If left unregulated, this can result in sudden, fatal heart attack, stroke, pneumonia, and a variety of other conditions.
Kubby was arrested on arrival at San Francisco International Airport Thursday night on behalf of the Placer County Sheriff's Department, having exhausted his extradition appeals in Canada. He was taken to San Mateo County Jail, pending transport to Placer County Jail. While at San Mateo County Jail, he was reportedly denied access to medication and sufficient bedding. On arrival at Placer County Jail, his blood pressure was dangerously high, and so was given Marinol, a THC synthetic.
Communication with Kubby is highly restricted. According to his wife, Michele, Kubby has been placed in solitary confinement, denied access several times to sufficient bedding to keep him warm, and denied access to the cannabis which, according to several experts on his universally fatal condition, has been solely responsible for keeping him alive for decades. The Marinol he is being given partially mitigates his symptoms, but does not completely control them. He now grows dangerously ill.
In particular, he relates how he was ordered by prison medical staff to take beta-blockers for his blood-pressure. Due to the episodic nature of the adrenaline spikes causing the high blood-pressure, according to all of his doctors, the beta-blockers would likely kill him once the spikes dropped. In an interview by phone with journalist Pat McCartney over the weekend, Kubby reported that, for refusing the beta-blockers, he was coerced into signing a waiver absolving the prison of liability, and has since been refused all care, including even Tylenol for pain management.
Activists concerned with medical marijuana, human rights and prison reform will hold a rally at noon today in front of the Placer County Superior Courthouse, where Steve Kubby is scheduled to be arraigned on violation of probation charges.
Kubby was a co-author of California's Compassionate Use Act of 1996, also known as Proposition 215. He fled to Canada in 2001 to escape the possibility of incarceration for an extended period without access to cannabis, a possibility which, in both his and expert medical opinion, would certainly prove fatal.
- "Steve Kubby jail interviews. Medi-pot patient in danger. Placer County, California" — , January 31, 2006
- "Medical Marijuana Activist Returns to State, Is Arrested." — , January 28, 2006
- Julie Haener. "Arrival And Arrest Of Medical Marijuana Activist Steve Kubby" — , January 26, 2006
- "Jailed medical marijuana advocate said sick without treatment in Redwood City jail" — , January 26, 2006
- "Pot advocate arrested at SFO after arriving from Canada" — , January 26, 2006
- "RPD File #: VA2-01374, VA2-01722, VA2-01723, VA2-01724 in re Steven Wynn KUBBY and family (expert medical testimony)" — , November 17, 2003
- www.kubby.com Maintained by Michele Kubby, Steve's wife.
- Ongoing compilation of reports, media, medical records, breaking news, activism, links, maps, photos, Steve Kubby jail interviews, etc.
- Compendium of press articles on Steven Kubby from The Media Awareness Project
- Photo gallery for Jan. 31, 2006 court rally. Many links, too.