Pot Legalization In Oregon May Come With A Big Perk

OREGON:  When marijuana was legalized for recreational use in Colorado, some people there were left in a predicament.

Several hundreds were sitting in state jails for doing something that was now considered legal. Years later, thousands of others still carry the stains of past marijuana convictions on their records, long after those actions have been legalized for recreational purposes.

The same thing happened in Washington, and the same thing happened in Alaska, when those states’ laws went into effect.

But in Oregon, where recreational marijuana became legal on the first of this month, that trend may come to an end. A campaign led by local activist groups and state politicians slipped language into a bill regarding new marijuana regulations that passed the State Senate last week which would retroactively clear the records of people who have been convicted of criminal offenses of “possession, delivery or manufacture” of marijuana.

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

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 under Missouri law that’s since been changed.

His son, 37-year-old Chris Mizanskey, said he was in awe at the news and planned to go see his father in the morning.

“It’s amazing,” Mizanskey said. “To be able to talk to him, to be able to sit here and have a conversation with him. To have my son sit on his lap, for him to be a part of his grandkid’s life, our lives, my whole family. I mean really words can’t even describe it.”

Judge Denies Dismissal Of Marijuana Case Against ‘Kettle Falls Five’

WASHINGTON: Judge Thomas O. Rice has denied the motion to dismiss the criminal case against the Kettle Falls Five, setting up a likely appeal. You can read Rice’s motion at the bottom of this story.

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The trial for the quintet of marijuana farmers dubbed the “Kettle Falls Five” seems destined for another delay.

When it commences, it may be the trial of the Kettle Falls Four.

The attorney for Larry Harvey, patriarch of the family now facing federal criminal prosecution for what they believe was a legal medical marijuana grow near Colville, said he’s confident the U.S. Attorney’s Office will drop the charges against the 71-year-old based on his failing health.


‘I’m Facing Years In Prison For Medical Marijuana — For Me, That’s A Death Sentence’

WASHINGTON: Larry Harvey, 71, thought he was doing everything right growing medical marijuana for his personal use. His home state of Washington legalized medical cannabis in 1998, and Harvey says his cultivation of plants with his wife, other family members and a close friend complied with the law.

But in 2012, state and federal law enforcers raided the Harvey home and shut down their operation. Harvey; his wife, Rhonda; their son, Rolland Gregg; Gregg’s wife, Michelle Gregg; and family friend Jason Zucker all face federal marijuana charges that could land them in prison for 10 years.

But Harvey may not live long enough to see prison, let alone serve out his sentence. In recent months Harvey has developed cancer of the pancreas that has begun to spread to his liver. The average life expectancy for a patient with metastatic pancreatic cancer is three months to six months.