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Clemency Requested for Man Serving Life Sentence on Marijuana Charges

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMOX) - Missouri’s governor is not rushing to the aid of any Missouri prisoners in jail for non-violent marijuana offenses, despite President Barack Obama’s request that local government free those prisoners.

In Missouri, Jeff Mizanskey is serving a life sentence for just such a crime.

Gov. Jay Nixon says he’ll let his administration decide what happens to those in Missouri’s prisons, but right now he’s busy with other things.

“My sense is that we’re busily engaged right now in the last three weeks of the legislative session with a number of things, but we’ll go through our regular process to look at all of the petitions for clemency as well as pardon,” he says.

When asked if he thinks it’s fair that Mizanskey is in a Missouri jail serving a life sentence for a non-violent pot offense, Nixon said only that they look at each case individually.

Despite Nixon’s position, Mizanskey’s son Chris will today present a petition with 360,000 signatures, collected on change.org, to the governor.

“In this case, there’s no magical number that will get him out of prison, but if we show enough public support for it, I believe it will get the governor’s attention and show that this is a case across the political spectrum people agree that this guy should not be serving life for cannabis,” says John Payne with the pro-marijuana group Show Me Cannabis.

Mizanskey was sentenced to life without parole back in 1991. He is now 60 years old.

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