Medicinal marijuana advocate arrested for cultivation |

Medicinal marijuana advocate arrested for cultivation

OLYMPIC VALLEY – A former Libertarian candidate for governor and his wife were arrested Tuesday on drug charges.

Steve Kubby, 52, and his wife, Michele, 32, were charged with possession of marijuana for sale, cultivation of marijuana and conspiracy, according to a report from the North Tahoe Task Force.

Following a six-month investigation, members of the North Tahoe Task Force obtained a warrant to search the Kubby’s residence at 1102 Olympic Way in Squaw Valley.

“Investigators located four separate grow rooms in the residence, one in an unused shower stall, one in a room built under the house, one in a downstairs room and the last in the unfinished dirt area of the basement,” the report said.

Libertarian state chair Mark Hinkle said Kubby uses marijuana for medicinal purposes and has a doctor’s approval to use it. Kubby played a key role in the campaign to pass Proposition 215 – the medicinal marijuana bill – in 1996, he said.

“This arrest is a slap across the faces of California voters,” Hinkle said.

Although the investigation into the Kubbys has been going on for six months, Lt. Mike Allen of the Nevada Division of Investigation, said he couldn’t comment at press time about what triggered the probe.

“They are still in jail in Auburn right now,” Allen said.

Also according to the report, approximately 300 marijuana plants, ranging in size from small nursery plants to full grown plants with buds were confiscated. Other evidence removed from the residence included growing equipment and drug paraphernalia.

The total street value of the confiscated drugs is estimated at $420,000.

Kubby, a 23-year cancer survivor, is an active proponent of medical marijuana use. On his Web site, Alpine World, Kubby credits the use of medical marijuana to his survival.

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