Last updated on: 1/5/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Steve Kubby Biography

Title:
Founder and Director of the American Medical Marijuana Association
Position:
Pro to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“Drug policy reform is the issue for which I’m best known, and to which I’ve dedicated the better part of my life and most of my past efforts. In 1996, I helped Californians pass Proposition 215, the nation’s first ‘medical marijuana’ law. Medical marijuana and ‘compassionate use’ legislation have since gained support and passage of across much of America, but there’s a lot left to do.

Let me preface my position by pointing out one thing: This is no more about drugs than the Boston Tea Party was about tea. It’s about freedom: Freedom to look after your own health without a bureaucrat snooping around in your medicine cabinet.”

“The War on Drugs,” Steve Kubby official campaign website (accessed on June 29, 2007)

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Candidate for the Libertarian Party’s nomination for US President in 2008
  • National Director and Founder, American Medical Marijuana Association, 1988-present
  • Contender to be the Libertarian Party’s Vice Presidential candidate, 2000
  • Libertarian candidate for Governor of California, 1998
  • Co-Author, California’s medical marijuana “Compassionate Use Act of 1996” (Prop. 215)
  • Publisher and Founder, Ski West magazine, 1986-1991
  • roperty Management, Law Tahoe, 1981-1986
  • Teacher, Shasta Junior College
  • Education:
  • BA, Psychology, California State University, Northridge, 1968
  • Other:
  • Medical Marijuana patient (for cancer treatment)
  • Lived in Canada, fought official extradition to the US, returned to US and completed all pending legal obligations, 2001-2006
  • Arrested in 1999 on charges of possession of 265 marijuana plants and a small quantity of peyote, sentenced to 120 days in jail (served sentence in 2006, released early from jail for good behavior)