|Name||Steve W. Kubby|
South Lake Tahoe, California , United States
|| December 28, 1946
Jan 22, 2017 03:02am
Libertarian - Isolationist - Pro Environment - Pro Free Trade - Pro Marijuana Legalization - Pro- gun - Pro-Bush Tax Cuts - Pro-Gay Marriage - Pro-Smaller Government - Married - Cancer - Convicted - Imprisoned -
|Info||Steve Wynn Kubby (born December 28, 1946) is a Libertarian Party activist who played a key role in the drafting and passage of California Proposition 215. The proposition was a ballot initiative to legalize medical marijuana which was approved by voters in 1996. Kubby himself is well-known as a cancer patient who relies on medical cannabis. He was a candidate for Governor of California in 1998 and has declared his candidacy for the Libertarian Party's 2008 presidential nomination. |
In 1968, at the age of 23, he began experiencing symptoms of hypertension and palpitations. He was diagnosed with malignant phenochromocytoma, a rare, fatal form of adrenal cancer. Kubby underwent surgery to remove a tumor in 1968, 1975 and 1976. This last time, his medical records show that the cancer had metastasized to his liver and beyond. All other patients with this diagnosis have had a 100% mortality rate within five years. His physician, Dr. Vincent DeQuattro, a specialist from the USC School of Medicine, monitored his condition and treated him with conventional therapies, including chemotherapy, until referring him to the Mayo Clinic in 1981 for yet another surgery and radiation.
For the next 25 years, Kubby controlled the symptoms of his disease solely by smoking medical marijuana and by maintaining a healthy diet. His original doctor, an expert on this condition shocked to learn he was still alive, said, "In some amazing fashion, this medication has not only controlled the symptoms of the pheochromocytoma, but in my view, has arrested its growth."
In 1996, Kubby was instrumental in the drafting and passage of California Proposition 215, The Compassionate Use Act of 1996.
Libertarian Party candidate
In 1998, Kubby was the Libertarian candidate for Governor of California and became national director of the American Medical Marijuana Association. Two months after the election, Kubby's home was raided by the Placer County sheriffs department. The officers seized 265 marijuana plants and a small quantity of peyote, and Kubby was arrested.
Kubby was a contender to be the Libertarian Party's Vice Presidential candidate in the 2000 election. The Libertarian Party requires the Vice Presidential candidate to be nominated by the delegates just as the Presidential candidate is selected. Kubby was opposed by fellow Californian Art Olivier, and by Ken Krawchuk of Pennsylvania. After no candidate received a majority on the first ballot, Krawchuk withdrew his name from the ballot and endorsed Olivier, who then defeated Kubby by a vote of 418 to 338.
On August 20, 2006, at the Seattle Hempfest, Kubby announced his intention to seek the Libertarian Party's nomination for President in 2008. The Federal Election Committee (FEC) issued candidate ID numbers for Steve Kubby personally and for the Kubby for President Committee on September 18, 2006. He has since campaigned at various community and Libertarian Party events and launched a campaign web site.