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Ending Marijuana Prohibition

Bill That Would Free Man Serving Life For Marijuana Offenses Leaps Forward

jeff mizanskey marijuana billboard missouriA bill that would require the release of any offender serving life without parole for marijuana offenses has moved forward in the Missouri legislature. House Bill 978, introduced by Representative Shamed Dogan, was assigned this week to the House Corrections Committee, and a hearing was immediately scheduled for next Wednesday March 4th at 8:00 AM in House Hearing Room 5. The bill would require the release of 61-year-old great-grandfather Jeff Mizanskey, who has been incarcerated for twenty-one years on a life sentence without the possibility of parole.

“I am grateful to Chairman Fitzwater for holding a hearing on HB 978. Since introducing this bill, I have yet to hear from anyone who believes that life without parole is a reasonable sentence for marijuana offenses,” said Dogan, (R-Ballwin). “To the contrary, I’ve received a great amount of support from my constituents as well as my Republican and Democratic colleagues in the House. I look forward to hearing testimony from other Missourians, including Jeff Mizanskey’s family and friends, about their desire to grant Jeff Mizanskey the freedom he deserves.”

Legislation was introduced to free Mizanskey after Governor Nixon failed to act on a petition for executive clemency, which was filed approximately two years earlier. After repeatedly declining to comment on Mizanskey’s petition, Nixon’s position evolved just hours after it was announced that Representative Dogan would introduce HB 978. “It’s a very serious amount of time,” Nixon told KMBC. “If the laws change after someone is sentenced, then you want to give those things a close look.”

Show-Me Cannabis is an association of organizations and individuals, who believe that cannabis prohibition is a failed policy, and regulating and taxing cannabis in a manner
similar to alcohol would better control the production, distribution, and consumption of cannabis than the current criminal market system does. The group seeks to engage
Missourians in a serious, public discussion about the issues associated with marijuana consumption, including medical cannabis, industrial hemp, public safety, and financial
analysis in order to address problems associated with the current, failed policy.

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  • Cherokee

    Let Jeff out! Murderers serve less time than he has. Someone can get drunk with 3 prior DUI convictions and kill a person driving drunk and only get 3 to 5 years. Enough is enough!

  • The truth

    About Damn Time!!! Wish the idiots in the Louisiana legislature would get the message on MJ.

  • Jon

    Nixons position evovled….. That guy is a complete waste of space. Between him and “Im a prosecutor and I will never be for legalization” Claire McCaskill…… how did these people get elected??? I have yet to find one person that voted for them. These people are keeping us slaved in the system. Vote them out!

    • They get elected because they represent the views of a majority of voters. So, we can change the minds of the voters, or we can get more people to vote, or we can do both. But as long as a majority of voters want to punch hippies, then hippie punching is what we’ll get.

      • Melisa Brown

        They get elected for a lot of reasons, majority vote is not really one of them, until we fix the voting system as well.

        • Can you give me an example, other than GW Bush in 2000, of a politician who didn’t get the most votes taking office?

          See, in a democracy, the person with the most votes wins, unless we’re talking about Presidential elections.

          The big problem with the voting system is that Republicans want to stop people from voting.

          The main problem with marijuana reform is that too many people who support marijuana reform vote for politicians who don’t.

          • Melisa Brown

            The answer to your question is,Adams,Harrison, and Hayes. I do believe the problem with our voting system is deeper then the electoral college though. You are absolutely correct in you staement about Republicans trying to stop people from voting, one instance I can think of are young people who are labeled felons, for teenage mistakes, by our court systems at such early ages, and having their voting rights taken away for life. I also think our younger generations are not in engaged in the voting process for several reasons, the main one being, the feeling of not being heard, not given any real choices in a two party system, and not being informed of the issues that are important to a particular election, or candidate. Of course when you look at it.those are probably the reasons most Americans don’t bother to vote. I think real election reform can not take place in Washington at all, because like everything else our congress has power over that is going to remove, or reduce that power is not going to get passed, pay raises,and term limits, just to name two important ones. The power to change things needs to get put back into the hands of the people, and taken out of the hands if the politicians!

          • “The answer to your question is,Adams,Harrison, and Hayes”

            All Presidents. Exactly my point. Your representatives and Senators, even your state and local governments, ALL determined by who gets the most votes. So your statement “They get elected for a lot of reasons, majority vote is not really one of them” is false for every elected office in shit country except the President. So, my original statement as to Jon’s question of how these people get elected is, despite your efforts to say it’s not, true. These people get elected because a majority of voters elect them.

            As for why people don’t vote, or why younger people especially don’t vote, this isn’t new. Too many Americans just don’t give a shit about voting, and then they bitch when people they don’t like get elected BY people they don’t agree with.

            The power to change things IS in our hands. It’s quite simple. Vast majorities of one party want campaign finance reform, money out of politics, and vast majorities of the other party do not.

            I catch crap from embarrassed Republicans and Glibertarians in here for being “tribal” and “partisan” but the fact is that the Progressive wing of the Democratic party is growing, and while we might not be able to elect a progressive President due to the electoral college and the fact that hippie punchers are numerous and powerful, we most certainly can elect progressive Senators and Representatives.

            For example, the Congressional Progressive Caucus is the largest Caucus on the hill now, bigger than the Tea Party caucus. We can elect people who will join the CPC. It happens all the time. All we have to do is get out the vote.

      • Silly Rabbit

        Scott I take this position on the Govenor Nixon’s Comments:

        Govenor Nixon is a low life and not worthy of his position ….

        Any human being with any compassion for the people would not allow this happen and would free the man immediately ….

        His comment about he would review Jeff’s Case next year when he leaves office was an insult to the human race …. as we see money and power prevail over what is fair ……

        My opinion, even if he pardons Jeff tomorrow, will not change as he missed several opportunities already and is just another weak individual who will:

        Vote against it before he votes for it and then claim he did the right thing!

        • angie s

          What did the guy get caught with to get life without parole like a murderer?

          • Silly Rabbit

            Third offense with weed and it was a pound or so, nothing huge in fact he was setup by the his dealer who turned him in …..

            No violence or any other offenses except three weed arrests!

          • And the people of Missouri supported the three strikes law as it is. Anyone who doesn’t like it should get out and vote for people who will change it.

        • Are you aware of the marijuana positions of the person who ran against Governor Nixon?

          Are you aware that we’re talking about Missouri here, a red state that only elects Democrats if they’re also hippie punchers?

          If Missouri wants better results on marijuana reform, then Missourians need to get out and vote for marijuana reform. If hippie punching wingnuts outvote you, then you need to vote for federal representatives who will change the federal law so that all Americans have the freedom to smoke marijuana, regardless of what a majority of people in their states want.

    • Silly Rabbit

      Agree brother guy should be out of office …. Talks out of both sides of his mouth …. I am more angry now than ever after hearing him say he would review the case before he leaves office in 2016 ….

      That is unacceptable …. Jeff is over 60 and served enough time and given enough back …. More than enough, let Jeff go today!

      • And replace this guy with whom? Are you familiar with Missouri politics?

    • jason

      4 u 2 say u will never b 4 legalization is like you don’t care that people in fact die because it is not legal . u being a prosecutor now how evidence is what holds up in court and there is an over whelming amount of Scientific Evidence that shows cannabis saves lives

    • Kane

      I didn’t vote for them brain-dead dimwits, you can bet on that.

      • Well, who’d you vote for? If you voted for the Republicans running against these people, I’ll bet you they were even WORSE on this issue.

        • Kane

          Dude…you have to be retarded, all you think about is democrats and republicans. I don’t know, but if you haven’t heard there’s these little things out there call libertarians and you should look ’em up.

      • kirby

        kane, sorry, they are NOT brain dead. very quick,calculating, practiced. thats how you get the brain dead vote. like all political whores, YOU put them in. YOU must take them out. and CONSTANTLY REMIND THEM THEY ARE ALL EMPLOYEES. not little gods or princesses.

  • Leonard Hester

    Get it legal nation wide. Expunge marijuana convictions. No victim, no crime!

  • theReaL*Lydia85

    This should enrage all freedom loving Americans.

  • Jean Anne Lewis

    It’s about damn time.

    • kycountry

      I was gonna post those exact same words and I thought, surely someone has………peace :)

      • Jean Anne Lewis

        Take care. :-)

  • Ted Mishler

    When is someone going to write a bill that imprisons the scum who took away his constitutional rights in the first place

    • never…the government is used to protect themselves and the corporations….

      • Well, thank heavens they decided to let that poor tortured man free, the announcement came out today

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  • Poopdeck

    WTF is Gov. Nixon’s problem? What a total and complete A$$. Governor Nixon is so scared of remotely possibly offending those that fund him… that he’ll just ignore this cruel life sentence imposed on a pot seller.

    This proves Gov. Nixon is an evil, worthless man.

    • 2buds4me

      Sometimes – when a worthless man with evil intent stands next to a bunch of politicians – it’s hard to tell the difference.

      • And sometimes politicians do the right thing. Gotta vote if you want better representation.

    • Nixon ran against corporate whore Republican Dave Spence. Care to guess what his marijuana policy would have been?

      Governor Nixon’s problem is that he got elected in a pretty conservative state. The alternative would be even worse–someone who wouldn’t even consider a pardon here.