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Steve Kubby Biography

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

“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)

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)