Medical Marijuana Advocate Appears in Court

January 30, 2006

Elizabeth Bishop, KXTV - Sacramento

On Tuesday afternoon medical marijuana advocate Steven Kubby made his first appearance in court since returning to Placer County from Canada, where he has spent several years as a fugitive.
Kubby entered a not-guilty plea to probation violation.

Kubby faces a 120-day jail sentence in Placer County for possession of the hallucinogen mescaline and psychedelic mushroom. He was sentenced in 2001 but fled to Canada where he sought refugee status, claiming he was persecuted for his advocacy of medical marijuana use. Last week a Canadian court rejected Kubby's appeals and ordered him returned to the U.S.

On Tuesday Kubby's attorney asked that his probation be terminated and for marijuana to be put in his client's food. Kubby claims he needs the drug to relieve symptoms associated with cancer. Normally Kubby would prefer to smoke marijuana, but he says he recognizes the jail is non-smoking facility.

About 20 of Kubby's supporters were outside the Placer County Courthouse in Auburn with signs.

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