The stigma associated with marijuana in society has a serious impact for a Missouri local Jeff Mizanskey. Being the only man in Missouri to serve a life sentence without the possibility of parole for non-violent marijuana related offenses impacted his life for so many years. But the amazing news of him getting released from the maximum-security prison in Jefferson City, according to the man’s son has made it out to the public.
The news broke Monday when Jeff let his son know all his work on social media and online has paid off. The courts granted Jeff Mizanskey parole and will release him in 10 to 25 days according to what his son told the media.
At the age of 62, Jeff suffered nearly 20 years behind bars for an offense that did not harm or hurt any other citizens. All he was guilty of was multiple offenses related to marijuana.
One paragraph of the Change.org petition says:
My father…. has been in prison since he was 41. His parents – my grandparents – have since passed. While my dad has been trapped behind bars, generations of kids and grandkids have been born into our family who have never even met the man. The State of Missouri spends roughly $22,000/year to keep him locked up. Meanwhile all my dad wants to do is be a productive part of society, work and pay taxes, be with his family. And I want my dad back.
The due diligence and hard work was evident when the Governor of Missouri Jay Nixon commuted Mizanskey’s sentence, and allowed Mizanskey to be up for parole, which was held last week. This great news is a real positive for the Cannabis community. even though marijuana is not legal in Missouri if the governor is willing to make changes to the system to allow for someone to gain his freedom back for smoking a plant its a great start.