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Bill Introduced To Free Missouri Man Serving Life In Prison For Marijuana

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missouri marijuana decriminalization hb 512 testimonyIf you are not familiar with the case of Jeff Mizanskey, you should really research it. Jeff Mizanskey is serving a life sentence in a Missouri prison for marijuana only offenses. I always say, no one should spend even one day in a cell for marijuana, let alone a life sentence. But, sadly, that’s the case with Mr. Mizanskey, who has already served over twenty years in prison, despite the fact that he didn’t harm anyone.

That’s why we put a banner on the sidebar of everyone of our non-mobile pages dedicated to Jeff Mizanskey, and will continue to do so until he is free and home with his family. A bill was introduced this week in the Missouri Legislature that would free Jeff Mizanskey in August. The bill, Missouri House Bill 978, was introduced by Representative Dogan, and states the following:

Notwithstanding the provisions of this section to the contrary, the board shall order the release and parole of any offender who is incarcerated on August 28, 2015, is serving a sentence of life without parole, and has only been convicted of a marijuana offense or multiple marijuana offenses. For the purposes of this section, the term “marijuana” shall be as that term is defined under section 195.010

Locking someone up for marijuana is a colossal waste of resources, even if it’s just one day. To lock someone up for over 20 years for marijuana only offenses is an enormous injustice, and keeping that person in prison for the remainder of their life is flat out unacceptable. Any person with a brain realizes that. It’s time that Jeff Mizanskey was released, and it’s also time for the laws that put him there end too.

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