Jailed medical marijuana advocate said sick without
treatment in Redwood City jail
Photo courtesy Steve Kubby
January 26, 2005, 11:45 p.m.
Bay City News contributed to this report
REDWOOD CITY - A medical marijuana advocate arrested as
he disembarked a Canadian flight at San Francisco International
Airport tonight became ill in a Redwood City jail due to lack
of medication, according to a spokesman for NORML.
Steve Kubby, a cancer patient, began coming ill two hours after
his 8:10 p.m. arrest following police refusal to provide Marinol,
NORML spokesman D. Gieringer reported.
San Francisco Police Officer George Swartz said Steve Kubby was
taken into custody around 8:10 p.m. by San Francisco police.
Swartz said Kubby, who had been deported from Canada, was arrested
on a no-bail warrant and was booked into San Mateo County jail.
"I'm really sick already," Kubby told Gieringer by
telephone said from jail. "I'm gonna start puking my brains
"He says his guards laughed at him when he requested Marinol.
Kubby says he hasn't had marijuana for half a day and has begun
to experience all of the symptoms of his life-threatening disease
-- nausea, headaches, swollen kidneys. He has chills and has not
been able to get a blanket from the guards," Gieringer stated.
San Francisco airport police said that they had arrested him
at the request of Placer County authorities. They said Kubby will
be arraigned in court tomorrow morning, though it wasn't clear
where -- in Redwood City, where he is being detained, or in Placer
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