Life sentence for pot? Missouri man serving lengthy term for marijuana

MARYLAND HEIGHTS, MO. (KTVI) – Missouri and marijuana are not on good terms. A man faces a life sentence after being convicted as a persistent drug offender. More than 100 legislators are now asking Missouri’s Governor to set him free.  In the state, possession of more than 35 grams of marijuana is considered a felony and punishable by a $5,000 fine and seven years in prison.

Jeff Mizanskey is the only man in Missouri that is serving a prison sentence of life without parole for non-violent, marijuana-related offenses. According to the Riverfront Times, Mizanskey was given the lengthy sentence as apart of Missouri’s “Prior and Persistent Drug Offender” law, which is a three-strike policy. In 1993, police were after a drug dealer who hired two men to smuggled more than 100 pounds of marijuana across state lines. When police followed the smugglers to a hotel where the dealer was,...

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