Missouri Man Serving Life in Prison for Cannabis Granted Parole


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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    • tj on August 12, 2015 at 6:07 pm
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    Party time

    • leonard losh on August 11, 2015 at 9:41 am
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    what about Leonard Pelter ………. He’s been there for 40 years ?????? whats the hells matter with this Country

  1. I am so proud for you, Jeff. Enjoy your freedom! Educate the world when you get up to it.

    • Margaret on August 11, 2015 at 6:25 am
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    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!

    • Dominique on August 10, 2015 at 8:33 pm
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    Thanks to everyone who helped free this one prisoner….now we have to free all the folks caught up by such draconian laws!

    • Gina Perry on August 10, 2015 at 6:35 pm
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    This man deserves free pot for life!

    • medimary on August 10, 2015 at 3:40 pm
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    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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