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Date: Thu, 30 Nov 2000 00:03:40 -0800
From: Steve Kubby <steve@kubby.org>
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Subject: KUB: Auburn Journal: Michele Kubby recounts details of pot bust
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Pubdate: 30 Nov, 2000
Source: Auburn Journal (CA)
Copyright: 2000 The Auburn Journal
Contact: ajournal@foothill.net
Address: 1030 High St., Auburn, CA 95603
Website: Auburn California News | Auburn Journal
Author: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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By Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer

Michele Kubby returned to the witness stand Wednesday to describe a life
with husband Steve that revolved around politics and pot.

But her composure broke down when she was questioned on the events
surrounding a Jan. 19, 1999 law enforcement raid on their rented Olympic
Valley home that netted 265 cannabis plants and resulted in 16 drug charges=

Fighting back tears, Kubby said that she thought it was "the beginning of
the end of my life" when she opened the door and found a Placer County
Sheriff's investigator standing with a search warrant in hand. The most
serious of the charges they are now on trial for is possession for sale.

"I knew they would come in and destroy our garden and arrest us," Kubby
said. "That was the worst thing that could happen to me in my life."

Kubby earlier testified how life was relatively sedate in their mountain
home but grew increasingly tense in the months leading up to the search and
their arrest.

She described how Steve would nurture their indoor garden, clipping the mor=
potent buds and scraping any residue off his gloves to make finger hash.
Stalks would be burned in the Franklin stove and buds were stored in plasti=
jars in a master bedroom closet.

Kubby testified that her husband needed the marijuana to live and would
smoke it through a bong, pipe or rolled joint throughout the day to avoid
symptoms of a rare adrenal cancer he had kept at bay with the drug.

The Kubbys would buy sugar cookie mix, whirl up a couple of cups of pot in
the blender, mix it up and bake a batch of marijuana laden cookies that
would help Steve sleep at night, Kubby said.

Michele Kubby said she was smoking pot at the same time to help with her
irritable bowel syndrome. Both secured doctor's recommendations allowing
them to use and grow marijuana.

At the same time, Steve Kubby was becoming a well-known Libertarian Party
politician on the state level. After passage of Proposition 215 =AD a
medicinal pot law that he played a major role in getting on the 1996 ballot
=AD he ran for state governor.

Kubby said she sought the medical recommendation in 1998 when stress began
to aggravate her condition.

"I believed we were under surveillance," she said. "We lived on a cul-de-sa=
and would often see suspicious cars. When it snowed, I saw footprints going
all around the house."

Kubby said that it "probably wasn't very smart" when she and her husband
brought some of their homegrown buds to a Sacramento protest against
anti-Prop. 215 legislation and showed them to the media. They compared the
marijuana to a bottle of aspirin, saying the aspirin killed 1,000 people
annually while pot killed no one.

The Sacramento County sheriff was across from them when they made the
comparison and "stormed out," she said.

Kubby also detailed the breakdown in a relationship with Brian Lungren, a
neighbor of theirs and brother of then-Attorney General Dan Lungren. Brian
Lungren lived seven houses down, she said. Dan Lungren was a staunch
opponent of Prop. 215. Before Prop. 215 passed, Brian Lungren would greet
them as they walked by each other on nearby trails, she said.

"Afterward, he wouldn't speak to us anymore," Kubby said. "He would look
away to avoid us."

Kubby said she was terrified because of the surveillance, had nightmares an=
couldn't sleep.

On Tuesday, Kubby testified that the marijuana grown at her home was for
personal medicinal use only. Steve Kubby is also scheduled to testify in a
trial that started in early October and now is expected to end in early