Missouri Man Serving Life in Prison for Cannabis Granted Parole

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Jeff Mizanskey, who’s been in prison for over 20 years serving a life sentence for cannabis, will finally be set free.

Jeff Mizanskey, a 61-year old Missouri man who has been in prison for over 20 years without parole over a cannabis-related charge, has been granted parole, and will be released from prison within a matter of days.

In May, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon commuted Mizanskey’s sentence, giving him the possibility of parole. This led to a parole hearing on August 6th. Although officials stated that a decision would take six to eight weeks, it only took four days.

Jeff was arrested in 1993 on his third cannabis-related charge. Given it was his third offense, he was sentenced to life in prison without parole – despite having no criminal history other than the cannabis charges – under the state’s three-strike law. .

Prior to Governor Nixon’s commutation, a petition with over 400,000 signatures, including 128 lawmakers, was delivered to the governor asking him to free Mizanskey.

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7 thoughts on “Missouri Man Serving Life in Prison for Cannabis Granted Parole”

  1. Oh, thank God! What a blessing for Jeff! I signed the petition to have him released, several months ago. No person should spend life in prison for marijuana. It’s a natural plant, not heroin!

  2. Thanks to everyone who helped free this one prisoner….now we have to free all the folks caught up by such draconian laws!

  3. this is terrific. my heart is so happy for jeff, his family & everyone that worked so hard to make this happen. adela falk- take a bow — you’ve earned it. <3

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