US and Canadian governments to execute cancer patient
While the DEA actions against marijuana seed grower Marc Emery are despicable enough, the latest drug extradition case is against a medical marijuana user who may die as a result of a final appeal scheduled for Jan. 9, 2006. This is how Steve Kubby describes his medical condition in his blog:
The bad news is that I have been diagnosed with terminal cancer and told I have as little as six months to live.
The good news is that this is the 30th year that my doctors have been telling me this. My adrenal cancer is considered one of the most deadly forms known, yet I continue to live a happy and healthy life, thanks to the only medicine I use, cannabis.
Kubby suffers from a fatal condition known as malignant pheochromocytoma. That he has survived by use of marijuana is a topic of intense curiosity by medical experts, who are not allowed to experiment with the politically incorrect but potentially life saving medication.
After being arrested on drug charges in the late 90s, Kubby eventually went into exile in Canada in the spring of 2001. Today, he is under a Canadian departure order that will deliver him to the U.S. authorities on January 12. The Kubbys plan to appeal this order three days prior to the extradition date. If forcibly returned to the United States, Kubby will be immediately jailed and deprived of the medication which keeps him alive.
Kubby has twice been held behind bars for a few days, and he nearly died both times. This time, it is expected that he would spend 90 days in jail. According to his family, this will almost certainly prove fatal to Kubby.