Jul 292014
 July 29, 2014

jeff mizanskey marijuana billboard missouriMarijuana is safer than alcohol. Marijuana is safer than tobacco. Marijuana is safer than pharmaceutical drugs. Those are three facts that are backed up by a mountain of scientific evidence. However, all three of the previously named substances are completely legal in the United States, while recreational marijuana is prohibited in 48 states. Even in the two states that it’s legal, anything over one ounce for recreational purposes is still prohibited.

In the case of Jeff Mizanskey in Missouri, marijuana is prohibited to such an extent that Mr. Mizanskey is serving a life prison sentence for marijuana only offenses. An effort to reduce Mr. Mizanskey’s sentence has now drawn international attention by being covered by the BBC. Per the BBC:

Jeff Mizanskey has been in prison for almost 21 years. For 20 of those years, no-one outside his friends and family had heard of his case. But in the past months, and weeks in particular, that has started to change.

More than 370,000 people have signed an online petition for his release. And now campaigners are crowdfunding to try to raise $21,000 (£12,000) for him – a symbolic $1,000 for each year he’s been inside. They plan to spend the money raised on billboards, and a media campaign to raise awareness of his case.

In 1994 Mizanskey was found guilty of “possession and intent to distribute” cannabis. It was his third offence, and under Missouri’s “prior and persistent drug offender” law, he was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

A jail cell should be reserved for America’s worst criminals – rapists, murders, child molesters, etc. To occupy a jail cell with someone who has been convicted of marijuana only offenses is an enormous injustice, a waste of resources, and is just plain wrong.

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  2 Responses to “BBC Highlights Missouri Man Serving Life In Prison For Marijuana”

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    its an out rage.They could use that cell for a killer.I know a guy who got 20 for murder and was out in ten.I know a guy who is getting death for murder.What the ——–

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    Everyone has seen charges just Ike this in both cases. There is a murder crime here in Michigan where a young lady was kid napped by gun point thrown into a trunk of a car and shot by 4 to 5 people multiple times some of those criminal will do less than 15 years one will be out when he turns 21 about 5 years away. They kidnapped and killed this 18 year old girl becaus they wanted to still marijuana from the girls family. There is no reason for any non violent drug offense to spend any time in prison. Legalize America lock up real criminals.

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