Gubernatorial candidate arrested on pot charges |

Gubernatorial candidate arrested on pot charges

OLYMPIC VALLEY – 1998 California gubernatorial candidate Steven Kubby of Olympic Valley was arrested and jailed Tuesday on several marijuana-related charges.

Kubby, 52, and his wife, Michele, 32, were arrested Tuesday and 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 Kubbys’ 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.

Although the investigation 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 investigation.

“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 avid proponent of medical marijuana use. On his Web site, Kubby credits the use of medical marijuana to his survival.

As well, during his campaign for governor, Kubby advocated the legal use of marijuana for medical purposes.

– By Joelle Babula

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