Archive for September, 2011

Former Candidate for California Governor Targeted by Police

September 27th, 2011

Steve Kubby who ran for Governor of California in 1998 was arrested for possessing medical marijuana. In jail, he nearly died from lack of access to the drug.

Steve Kubby

In the 1960, Steve Kubby was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called pheochromocytoma. This disease is normally terminal and his doctor Vincent DeQuattro was amazed to find him still alive in 1996, not to mention in good enough condition to run for the Governor’s office. Kubby ran and lost as the Libertarian Party candidate for Governor of California. Following his loss, he went on to craft what would eventually become Proposition 215 that legalized medical marijuana in the state. In 1999, however, he was raided by police. When he was put in prison, he was denied access to medical marijuana. Even this short break from his medication caused a disease he had lived with for forty years to almost kill him.

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Medical Marijuana Robbery Illustrates how Crime is Handled in a Legal System

September 5th, 2011

A marijuana courier was held at gunpoint and robbed of the marijuana he was delivering in Los Angeles. Amazingly, there is no retaliation mob hit planned.

Police and Marijuana

Anyone who objectively studies marijuana is forced to conclude that most of the societal problems are caused by prohibition, not marijuana. In an illegal marketplace people are denied the means of solving disputes that are normally available. When made available, people use a third neutral party to settle disputes namely, courts and lawyers. In the illegal drug market, participants revert to more primal means of settling disputes, survival of the fittest. Drug Cartel A and Drug Cartel B have a disagreement and the streets run red until one side either closes up shop or is wiped out. This is the image of the drug war that is plastered on headlines across America. Everyday we see stories like “Four Killed in Drug Related Gang Violence” or “Fifty People Killed in Juarez Mexico.” What never seems to be reported upon are situations like the one that recently happened in L.A.

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