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THE WRITER: David
is a founder of the Libertarian Party, the third largest political
party in the United State and was recently honored as one of the "2000
Leading Intellectuals of the 20th Century," by the International
I first met Steve and Michele Kubby in
February 1998, at the annual convention
of the Libertarian Party of California. They were there because
was seeking the Libertarian nomination for Governor, and they wanted to
the convention delegates. Steve was already fairly well-known in
circles because of the role he had played in passing Proposition 215
years earlier, but few at the convention knew where he stood on other
Proposition 215 was a ballot referendum
allowing people who were using marijuana
for medical purposes to obtain and use the herb legally in the state of
and it passed by a wide margin: 55.6% in favor to 44.4% opposed.
Kubby was active in the campaign for 215 because he is a medical
user himself --- an adrenal cancer patient who had smoked several grams
pot each day for nearly 20 years. He firmly believes that this is
kept him alive far longer than any doctor had expected him to survive.
The great majority of Libertarians had
supported Proposition 215 with some
enthusiasm, although many felt that it did not go far enough. The
Party's platform calls for the complete decriminalization of all drug
on the grounds that no government has the right to prohibit any
that is peaceful and voluntary. Drug use may be stupid and
destructive, Libertarians argue, but it's not the government's business
protect us from ourselves.
Thus, the question on many delegates' minds
was "is Steve Kubby a real Libertarian
who supports individual liberty across-the-board, or is he just a
candidate?" By the end of the convention, there was no doubt in
minds. Both Steve and Michele were consistent defenders of liberty. In
they projected a wholesome, all-American image: an attractive, outgoing
whose appearance and behavior belies the United States government's
campaign to depict all drug users as goofballs, losers and an
menace to society.
Steve secured the Libertarians'
gubernatorial nomination by a unanimous vote,
and proceeded to hit the campaign trail. As with everything he
Steve campaigned with a "take no prisoners" intensity; there is never
doubt where he stands on any issue. He never missed an
to take a shot at the Drug Warriors in California and at the national
They were the enemy, he stated, contemptible because of their
persecution of sick people.
The results on Election Day were
disappointing. Steve received only 73,845
votes out of nearly 8.4 million cast for the office of Governor. This
due in part to the fact that a better-known Green Party candidate also
marijuana decriminalization an issue in his campaign. Additionally,
did not receive the financial backing he had expected from people who
contributed heavily to the campaign for Proposition 215 two years
Unfortunately, while he failed to gain the
attention of most California voters,
Steve Kubby was being watched intently by the very people he was
in his campaign speeches. The house where he and Michele were
near Lake Tahoe had been placed under surveillance, and his remarks on
campaign trail were being followed and recorded by the Drug
This is the sort of thing one would expect in the old East Germany or
former Soviet Union, not what we like to believe occurs in modern-day
On January 19, 1999, two months after the
campaign ended, twenty heavily
armed officers from the Placer County sheriff's department raided the
home. The invading officers found a number of marijuana plants under
- in a room where copies of Proposition 215, which made this legal,
Steve and Michele were carted off to jail,
where they were detained in a
poorly heated cell. Steve was not allowed to use any medication,
his health began to deteriorate rapidly.
If you are like most people, you will be
shocked and disgusted
by the persecution that the Kubbys have endured because Drug War
have steadfastly refused to obey the laws of the State of California,
instead to persecute sick people and advance their own agenda.
In the words of Michele Kubby, there is
little doubt that the actions taken
against Steve - and the extraordinary lengths that State and Federal
have gone to in their pursuit of the Kubby family - were "politically
and amounted to persecution for [Steve's] role in legalizing medical
use in California."
The story of the Kubbys' ordeal is at once
horrifying and inspiring.
It is horrifying because it illustrates how far things have gotten out
hand in the United States of America; how the insane "War on Drugs" has
an all-purpose weapon to silence and destroy those opposed to those in
and has pushed America to the brink of becoming a police state.
a government has the power to arrest and punish people simply for
and peacefully using any item or substance (drugs, firearms, gold,
material, etc.) the rights and liberties of the people are in peril.
Steve and Michele Kubby, like all
Libertarians, understand this principle.
And their great personal courage in defending their rights is what
their story inspiring to all who love liberty.