Gov. Jay Nixon Commutes Sentence For Man Serving Life For Marijuana Crimes

Jeff Mizanskey walked out of a Missouri prison a free man on Tuesday, after spending two decades behind bars for marijuana related charges.

MISSOURI:  A Missouri man sentenced to life without parole for marijuana-related offenses is eligible for parole Friday after Gov. Jay Nixon commuted his sentence. Nixon’s action means 62-year-old Jeff Mizanskey will be eligible for parole immediately. Mizanskey has served more than two decades in prison after being sentenced and convicted as a persistent drug offender Read the full article…

This Man Is Serving A Life Sentence For Marijuana — But There’s Now A Bill That Will Fix That

New marijuana regulations that passed the State Senate last week would retroactively clear the records of people who have been convicted of criminal offenses of “possession, delivery or manufacture” of marijuana.

MISSOURI:  A new Missouri bill would grant clemency to inmates serving life sentences for marijuana-related offenses, which could help a 61-year-old man who’s already served 20 years. Under House Bill 978, introduced by Rep. Shamed Dogan (R), nonviolent offenders who have only been convicted for marijuana offenses and were sentenced to life in prison would be released Read the full article…