Steve Kubby: Farewell Message

This article was sent to me for the purpose of publishing on IPR. Steve Kubby is a long-time Libertarian activist, known especially for his contributions to the cause of using marijuana for medical reasons.

Farewell Message
by Steve Kubby
November 21, 2012
 
 

Cannabis is legal in two states. The seeds of legalization, planted and cultivated all these years has finally born fruit. My work is done. Effective immediately I am retiring from marijuana politics, heading for Whistler Blackcomb and taking over as CEO of a publicly traded company.

It has been my honor and pleasure to serve the medical marijuana community over the past two decades. During that time, I have been profoundly moved by the courage, intelligence and integrity shown by my fellow cannabis warriors. Together we have made history, saved lives and established new civil rights for sick, disabled and dying patients.

Looking back on all those years, I find myself overwhelmed with gratitude for everything that cannabis activists have done for me and for our cause. When I was fighting for my life in the Placer County jail, pissing blood, puking my brains out and shivering violently from solitary confinement in a freezing cold cell, they saved my bacon. Sick and disabled patients joined dedicated activists who showed up at my trials, held vigils while I was being tortured by my captors, gave me money and protected me in so many ways. Ultimately, I was cleared of any wrongdoing and my record expunged. Together we defeated these public serpents and their evil plan to felonize, discredit and destroy me and the medical marijuana movement.

Like so many other cannabis activists, I’ve paid some very painful dues in this brutal drug war. For me, the absolute most painful punishment was the loss of my courageous and inspiring wife, Michele. We lived together in loving bliss for ten years without a single argument, disagreement or even a hard word between us. Michele was everything to me. I loved her with all my heart and soul.

All that changed when I was arrested and Michele was threatened by Child Protective Services with the removal of our two young daughters. It was then that the one and only true love of my life was forced to choose between me and our precious children. Michele did what any good mom would do under such terrifying circumstances and acted to protect our kids from being abducted by CPS — she filed for a divorce. Heartbroken, I had no choice but to accept her decision. Despite the divorce, we’ve remained good friends. We’ve accepted what has happened and she has her own life now. Best of all, my kids and I have remained close, sharing many wonderful adventures on the slopes of Heavenly, Squaw and the Wood.

Thus far, I’ve kept my personal feelings hidden, but now that I am preparing to leave the United States, I believe it is appropriate for me to finally disclose publicly what was done to our family by those who used CPS to punish me for my role in the legalization of medical marijuana. Even now, six years after our split, not a day goes by that I don’t think about Michele or how much I still love and miss her.

The last time I held Michele in my arms was when I departed from Vancouver and flew to SFO in January of 2006. After the plane landed, it inexplicably stopped in the middle of the runway and we were suddenly surrounded by cop cars with flashing lights. Next came the announcement, “Passenger Steve Kubby please come forward.” My attorney, Bill McPike was with me and went up to the front to explain that he had arranged for me to turn myself in at Placer County and this was only an alleged violation of probation. McPIke was ordered by an air marshal to shut up and return to his seat. I was ordered to come forward immediately.

Once outside the aircraft, I was forcibly slammed against the fuselage and handcuffed. I struggled desperately to catch my breath, while I was frogmarched down the stairs and past an army of heavily armed soldiers from the DEA, ICE, FBI, US Customs, Homeland Security and several other agencies. As I was paraded like a trophy past a formidable army of hostile law enforcement, I tried to understand how I had become such a dangerous international criminal. I’ve never harmed anyone, there were never any victims and my only accusers were all government agents. Incredibly, my medicinal use and cultivation of a natural healing herb had become so dangerous and so threatening that all these tentacles of the Federal government were now on full alert, determined to destroy me and everything I represented.

We arrived at a waiting cop car and I complained that the cuffs were too tight and my wrists were bleeding. I was told to “shut the f*ck up and get in the f*cking car.” Without any warning, a big man inside the cop car ordered the officer to remove the cuffs and re-cuff my hands in front of me and make sure I was comfortable.

“You’re famous!” exclaimed the burly sheriff’s deputy as we pulled away in his cruiser. We made eye contact in his rearview mirror. I held up my bleeding wrists next to my eyes, so he could see them and replied, “lucky me.”

“No, you don’t understand,” he pleaded, “All the media and a big crowd of people were there at the airport waiting to greet you. That’s why they arrested you, before you could get in front of Fox and CNN.” About this time, to my utter astonishment, the officer became very emotional and actually got teary eyed. Then he told me the rest of the story.

“All of us thought this medical marijuana thing was a fraud. A total scam. Then my dad got cancer and we went out and got the marijuana for him. He got better and lived for another two years. We got to spend time together, fishing and talking about all the stuff we’ve shared. We had time to say goodbye and it made all the difference in the world. If it were up to me, I’d take you home right now as a hero to my entire family, but I have to take you in instead.”

Then it hit me, like an angry tidal wave, that we are all suffering from this insane drug war, even the police.

Looking forward, I am embarking upon an extraordinary new opportunity in Whistler Blackcomb, doing something I’ve been dreaming about for years. I can’t tell you what I am up to just yet, but it is what I came here to do and I am thrilled to finally be working with elected officials in BC, on a project that is truly breathtaking in scope and impact. A public announcement about this new project will be forthcoming.

30 thoughts on “Steve Kubby: Farewell Message

  1. Jill Pyeatt Post author

    I am very honored that Mr. Kubby thought of me to publish this here. I wish him well, and thank him for his activism.

  2. Steven Wilson

    Although it might be premature, I think it worth while to make some effort to inform those that come after this point to keep the name “Steve Kubby” alive and to tell his story.

    He is just one of many who suffered during this foolish game, but the lesson learned is worth saving.

    He was never an angel, but he fought back.

    To Steve Kubby,

    May grace find you and keep you the rest of your days. Thanks.

  3. Seebeck

    @6: Well, it has to get on the ballot first. As a co-author, I hope it does. If anyone in CA wants to revisit it or improve it, please let me know.

    That being said, Steve saying his work is done is more than a little premature as two states is not nationwide and there’s still a lot of uncertainty in those two states, the pending DC Court case, and the rest of the states as well.

  4. Seebeck

    @7: UN will be met in Colorado with derision and a general ignoring of their alleged authori-tah. Lots of JBS here.

  5. Seebeck

    @7: Besides, the several States are not signatories, nor bound by, international treaty. The Constitution prohibits it. Meester Yans is an idiot.

  6. Andy

    “Seebeck // Nov 21, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    @6: Well, it has to get on the ballot first. As a co-author, I hope it does. If anyone in CA wants to revisit it or improve it, please let me know.”

    Steve was one of the proponents of the initiative, and he was also a fundraiser for the initiative, so I’m just wondering if it is going to fall a part without him, or will other people fill in his role.

    “That being said, Steve saying his work is done is more than a little premature as two states is not nationwide and there’s still a lot of uncertainty in those two states, the pending DC Court case, and the rest of the states as well.”

    Maybe Steve has grown weary of the battle and is burned out and wants to do something different with his life now. I can’t say that I blame him.

  7. D. Lou Shenol

    Thank You Steve Kubby !

    A wee bit of TRIVIA – What were the two states in which Prof.Hosper and Tonie Nathan had ballot accesss in ’72?

    That’s right you WIN – CO and WA !

    @10 if you think the Constitution can stop the Globalist – Good Luck

    @7 Disturbing news indeed! Also disturbing (for the LP) is Infowars quoting Rand Paul. It will be a sad occurance if Jones and followers just transfer their Ron Paul support over to Rand. Rand ISN’T Ron and all libertarians need to Understand that sooner than too late!

    ‘The Illuminati Agenda & The CFR’ by Myron Fagan – http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/sociopolitica/esp_sociopol_illuminati_3.htm

  8. Seebeck

    @11: Actually, Steve helped write the thing, along with Bill McPike and myself. I stayed in the background due to my employment problems at the time–I felt it not to be prudent to be visible in that while seeking a new job.

    But I agree with your concerns.

  9. Seebeck

    @12: It would if judges could actually read it and think critically. Bill of Rights by amending the original and not exempting any of it trumps the treaty clause.

  10. marzak

    We live in a police state, as far as I’m concerned if there is a cop around I have no rights.

  11. Michael H. Wilson

    Good luck Steve and thanks for all you have done. Don’t forget Seattle Hempfest is just down the highway a bit so come on down for the party.

  12. Ted Brown

    I wish Steve Kubby all the best in his new endeavor, possibly the one he told me about at the LP national convention this year. He is a great friend of liberty and I’m sorry to see him leave California. I strongly supported Steve for the 2008 LP presidential nomination, and am still sorry he wasn’t our nominee. He almost became Bob Barr’s running mate, which would have made for quite a curious ticket. I w0uld be surprised if he actually stopped being an activist in one form or another.

  13. paulie

    Ted,

    I could be wrong but I think this is different from Headbook.

    I strongly supported Steve for the 2008 LP presidential nomination, and am still sorry he wasn’t our nominee. He almost became Bob Barr’s running mate, which would have made for quite a curious ticket.

    Likewise.

  14. Jill Pyeatt

    Ted and Paulie: Steve’s talk outside of the convention meeting room in 2008 helped calm a lot of us down, who were stunned at the nomination of Barr and Root. I’ll never forget that. That’s how someone losing an election should act, not like the embarrassing behavior of some of the losers for Chair in 2012. I think that’s something that shows the true character of someone.

  15. Mark Axinn

    I remember that he made a terrific speech in Denver 2008 about how the Party needs both wings working together in order to take off.

    It is a pity how the State has treated Steve Kubby over the last two decades and a tribute how well he has persevered.

  16. john c jackson

    It’s pretty shameful, especially after his treatment by state thugs, that some Libertarians still in 2008 rejected Kubby as some sort of one-dimensional “pothead/stoner” candidate. I would have been happy to vote for him.

  17. Starchild

    Possibly worth noting is that Steve said he’s retiring from “marijuana politics”; he didn’t say anything about the LP.

    In any case, I join everyone else in wishing him the best, whatever course he decides to take. Hopefully it will be one that includes continuing to fight for freedom in some capacity.

    I still think it would be awesome too if Michelle Kubby became more involved with the freedom movement. The relatively little we saw of her showed she was a very effective speaker and could make a terrific candidate or activist.

  18. Andy

    “Starchild // Nov 29, 2012 at 2:32 am

    Possibly worth noting is that Steve said he’s retiring from ‘marijuana politics’; he didn’t say anything about the LP.”

    Considering that he’s moving to Canada, I doubt that he’s going to remain active in the Libertarian Party, although I’m sure he’ll be a libertarian for the rest of his life.

    “I still think it would be awesome too if Michelle Kubby became more involved with the freedom movement. The relatively little we saw of her showed she was a very effective speaker and could make a terrific candidate or activist.”

    The last I heard about Michelle was that she worked as a fund raiser for Rudy Guliani for President in 2008. That was not exactly a pro-freedom activity.

  19. paulie

    The pigs threatened to take her kids away, so she stopped fighting them and did some things nobody would be proud of because she’s a mom first and foremost.

    The Giuliani thing was because her parents are connected in right wing politics, she needed a job and knows how to fundraise.

    As far as fighting for freedom again….given her experiences, probably not, at least until her kids are grown.

  20. paulie

    It’s pretty shameful, especially after his treatment by state thugs, that some Libertarians still in 2008 rejected Kubby as some sort of one-dimensional “pothead/stoner” candidate.

    There were also false rumors about his health and legal status.

    I would have been happy to vote for him.

    I voted for him on every ballot for P & VP where he was an option in 2008 as well as VP in 2000.

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