A bill that would free those serving life in prison for cannabis in Missouri has passed the state’s House Corrections Committee.
The committee approved an amendment adding an emergency clause to the measure, meaning it would take effect immediately upon passage.
Representative Shane Roden was the sole “No” vote on the 12-person committee.
If approved into law, House Bill 978 would require the Board of Probation and Parole to authorize the release of any offender who is incarcerated and serving a life sentence without parole for cannabis offenses. This would effect the imprisonment of Jeff Mizanskey, who is currently serving life without parole for a nonviolent cannabis-related charge, and has been in prison for over 20 years.
The full text of House Bill 978 can be found by clicking here.