Aug 102015
 August 10, 2015

free jeff mizanskeyJeff Mizanskey has been serving a life sentence in prison for marijuana-only offenses for over two decades now. I am very happy to report that it was announced today that Jeff Mizanskey has been granted parole, and will finally be released from prison to return to his family. The granting of parole comes after a very long public awareness campaign ran by Jeff Mizanskey’s family and the Show-Me Cannabis campaign. Below is more about today’s announcement, via ABC News:

The only man in Missouri serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole for non-violent marijuana related offenses is now getting released from prison.

Jeff Mizanskey’s son tells ABC 17 News his father will soon get freed from the maximum security prison in Jefferson City. Mizanskey has already served more than 20 years in the prison for repeat marijuana offenses.

In May, Governor Jay Nixon commuted Mizanskey’s sentence. The Governor’s decision allowed for a parole hearing. Mizanskey’s parole hearing was held on August 6th.

After the August 6th parole hearing, it was estimated that the decision to deny or grant parole would take as long as 6-8 weeks. The fact that it only took four days to render a decision is a testament to just how unfair Jeff Mizanskey’s sentence was in my opinion. No one should have to serve even one day in a prison cell for marijuana, let alone over two decades. I am happy for Jeff, his family, and friends, and can’t wait to read about what he plans on doing once he is free. I want to extend an enormous kudos to the Show-Me Cannabis campaign for doing such an amazing job working with the Mizanskey family to wage the public awareness campaign! Jeff will finally be free!

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  13 Responses to “Missouri Man Serving Life In Prison For Marijuana Is Granted Parole”

  1.  

    Awesome news.

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    this is a wonderful outcome

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    Yay!

  4.  

    They also clean his record.

  5.  

    Wow glad to see that man free and hope he will continue to advocate the legalization of CANNIBAS. Win for us all

  6.  

    Dudes gonna love the weed now. They didn’t even have cell phones when he went to jail
    UBER , WEEDMAPS, INSTAGRAM
    We got weed coming out of everything

  7.  

    This is great news for Jeff and all who know him. Congratulations Jeff, after 20 years you finally get back the freedom you never should have lost.

  8.  

    As a Missourian, I’m glad to see good news locally. Congratulations Jeff! Too bad you still can’t smoke one….yet.

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    YEESSSSSSSS!!!! I signed his petion and guess what… we him out! We need to, as cannabis consumers or any person that believes in justice, to work overtime to undue some of the horrible injustices this failed war on drugs has done to our country. The best place to start is parolling non-violent drug offenders and free up those cells for rapists, murderers, thieves, and the white collar offenders that have been defrauding and bankrupting this country. END MANDATORY MINAMUMS

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    Charges should be filed against the united states of america for his constitutionally wrongful incarceration due to a war based on high treason, and wikipedia says that to participate in warring on people of your own country is high treason, so when will the perpetrators and those that mandate high treasonous law see time?
    It is time the low lifes turn their lives around and treat their neighbors as they themselves wish to be treated.

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