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  1. Beenthere2Hippie
    MISSOURI - Jeff Mizanskey is serving a life sentence without parole for marijuana. He has been in prison for 21 years ago, and is the only person in Missouri sentenced to die behind bars for marijuana, a victim of the state's rather unique three strikes law.

    Around half of states have some type of three strikes law on the books. In almost all of these states the statutes apply to violent crimes—murder, rape, assault with a deadly weapon, etc. In Missouri, Jeff racked up all three strikes without ever committing an act of violence. He was a working class guy with a small side gig as a low-level pot dealer. He never hurt anyone, never brandished a weapon, and never sold to children.

    All of Mizanskey's appeal options have been exhausted, writes Aaron Malin. Unless the Governor of Missouri grants Jeff clemency and sets him free, he will likely die in prison.

    Reason.com/ August 31, 2014


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    BT2H is a retired news editor and writer from the NYC area who, for health reasons, retired to a southern US state early, and where BT2H continues to write and to post drug-related news to DF.


  1. Hover
    Some Governor is bound to set this guy free someday and/or amend the three-strike law to match that of other states. In any case this fellow should appeal to the US Supreme Court since Feds would likely consider the sentence as abusive compared with what he'd gotten if prosecuted on the same charge(s) in a Federal court.
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