Legalizing Marijuana Means Freedom for Missouri Man Serving Life for Pot

“[Mizanskey] tells me he sees murders and rapists paroled in and out all the time”

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMOX) – The prospect of a potential ballot issue to legalize marijuana in Missouri has brought new hope to Jeff Mizanskey. Mizanskey is serving a life sentence without parole for marijuana.

Mizanskey’s Attorney Tony Nenninger said Mizanskey was caught driving an acquaintance to a hotel so they could purchase marijuana, but because it was his third offense, prosecutors enhanced the charges.

Mizanskey now sixty, has become a national figure for groups like Show Me Cannabis which hopes to bring the issue to Missouri voters in either 2014 or 2016.

If they are successful in getting a constitutional amendment it would mean freedom for Mizanskey.

“[Mizanskey] tells me he sees murders and rapists paroled in and out all the time,” Nenninger said. “Why can’t he have the opportunity to be a productive citizen again?”

Mizanskey has been in prison for twenty years.

Show Me Cannabis had hoped Governor Jay Nixon would of granted clemency to Mizanskey over Christmas. But now they say Nixon deserves a “lump of coal”.


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