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Missouri Governor To Review Man’s Life Sentence For Marijuana


jeff mizanskey marijuana billboard missouriYou may have noticed that on every page on our site, there is a banner urging people to send a text message to 420420 to learn more about Jeff Mizanskey. Jeff has been serving a life prison sentence in Missouri for marijuana only offenses. That’s right, this man will die in prison because of offenses involving a plant that is safer than alcohol. To say that Jeff’s sentence is wrong is a huge understatement.

For awhile now activists in Missouri and beyond have been calling for Missouri’s Governor to step up to the plate and do what’s right and grant Mr. Mizanskey clemency. Mr. Mizanskey is not a danger to society, and he has served way more than enough time. The crimes he was convicted of were non-violent, and in no way warrant a life sentence. There are real criminals walking the streets of Missouri right now, looking for their next victim. Those people should be locked in prison. But instead the prison bed is being dedicated to someone like Jeff Mizanskey, and will be for the rest of Jeff’s life unless Missouri’s Governor does what’s right.

Missouri’s Governor has largely avoided the call from activists and members of the Mizanskey family. However, I’m very happy to say that Missouri’s Governor announced today that he would review Mizanskey’s sentence. Per KMBC:

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said he will take a “hard look” at the case of a 61-year-old man serving life in prison for marijuana.

In his first extensive public comments about the case, Nixon told KMBC 9 News he will review the life sentence for Jeff Mizanskey before his term ends in 2016.

“It’s a very serious amount of time,” Nixon said. “If the laws change after someone is sentenced, then you want to give those things a close look.”

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon needs to move on this immediately. Everyday that goes by is a day that tax payer dollars are wasted, and is a day that Jeff Mizanskey won’t get back. Jeff Mizanskey’s son started a petition on Change.Org calling for Missouri’s Governor to take action. You can add your name to that petition at this link here. You should also consider donating to the Show-Me Cannabis campaign, which has been doing everything they can to help Jeff, and to end marijuana prohibition in Missouri so that nonsense like this doesn’t happen again. Below is the language from the petition, which gives a great explanation of why Missouri’s Governor should do the right thing and grant clemency:

By Chris Mizanskey

My father Jeff Mizanskey has been in prison for 20 years and has no possibility of parole. For non-violent, marijuana-only offenses, my father has been sentenced to die in prison because of a “three strikes” mandatory sentencing policy in the State of Missouri.

Dad’s first offense was in 1984 when he sold an ounce to an undercover informant, and then was found to possess a half pound of marijuana when police raided his house the next day.  His next offense occurred in 1991, when he was caught in possession of a couple of ounces. But for my father’s final strike in 1993, he became an easy fall guy in a conspiracy to distribute marijuana. My dad was driving a friend to a deal that turned out to be a sting operation. All of the other convicted men involved were set free years ago, but my dad was given a virtual death sentence.

My dad is, and always has been, a good man. He taught my brother and I all about construction and a good work ethic. He has never been violent and he is a model prisoner. And over the 20 years he has been in that little cell, he has watched as violent criminals, rapists, and murderers have “paid their debts” and left – sometimes just to return a few months later.

My father is 61 years old, and 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.

Governor Jay Nixon is the only person who has the power to bring my dad home by granting clemency to Jeff and calling 20 years punishment enough. Please help us reach a just and reasonable end to his prison sentence by signing and sharing this petition.


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  1. indianstreamrepublic on

    Sure, I agree that maybe he should have changed his priorities and taken less risks. But he doesn’t deserve to spend the rest of his life in prison for making a few unwise choices. I’m sure he’d learned his lesson after a day or two, let alone 20 years.

  2. He wasn’t going to get marijuana, he took a friend to a hotel and got busted. Look up his story..

  3. I don’t agree at all with this guy’s situation. I don’t agree with marijuana being illegal at all, but I must say one thing… If I was living in a state with a “three strike rule” and had two strikes, there is no way you would find me anywhere near any illegal activities. It seems to me that this guy had some obvious priority issues. Sometimes, you just gotta suck it up and follow the rules, even if they’re not the rules you want to follow. Unless he’s trying to prove a point to raise awareness of unjust law, which I doubt is the case, he should have just stayed the hell away from marijuana in Missouri…

  4. It’s all about getting elected or re-elected. These A-HOLE politicians don’t want to appear ‘soft on crime’, so they let people rot in prison at a substantial cost to the same taxpayers who support the outright legalization of marijuana. Notice how this Nixon CLOWN knows the sentence is unjust, but won’t take a look at the case until the end of his term in 2016. What an A-HOLE!

  5. WTF….Wake up America talking about marijuana. You’re going to put a man in prison for life for pot only crackheads would make a law like that.

  6. Damn I cant imagine how people agree to uphold these laws that put regular people behind bars for life. my support goes out to those fighting these senseless laws. if someone would like my company to help the support of the fight. please contact me at http://www.LRKsupplyco.com send me more info what we can do to support those in these type of cases.

  7. Boston George was in prison for 20 years (just got released) for virtually 2,000 lbs of cocaine. Missouri has obvious foul laws for three strikes of marijuana.

  8. How does Nixon sleep at night allowing this to continue? And how much effort could possibly be required for him to take a moment of time from his day, say… sometime tomorrow; if just to set the wheels in motion?! I don’t have all the answers obviously but what I do know is that keeping this man imprisoned is morally unacceptable. It’s that simple. His family and friends await little more than act of governmental benevolence.

  9. I thought they passed one him, good to she the activist there pushing him to review and free him. He let his on son off the hook

  10. Personally, I know Chris Mizanskey, the son of the man locked up in prison in this article. He himself is a working member of society, he owns his own business. Things like that are only taught from a father, and to see this man live his life without his father is an injustice to say the least. To the people that read this article, I hope you do something to make a voice for these people. Nobody should be subject to such a situation and I hope we as a community can do something to bring this man home. God Bless the Mizanskey’s and their families.

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