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Jeff Mizanskey, Sentenced To Life In Prison For Marijuana Convictions, Seeks Executive Clemency After 20 Years Behind Bars

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A Missouri man who has already served two decades in prison for marijuana convictions is hoping that Gov. Jay Nixon will commute his sentence to time served.

Jeff Mizanskey’s last arrest came after he drove an intended recipient of marijuana to a motel for a meeting where the recipient would apparently receive the cannabis. Mizanskey and the intended recipient were arrested by police as they left the motel room, according to information on The Weed Blog.

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The intended recipient was found with seven pounds of marijuana on him and he pleaded guilty and received a 10-year sentence.

Mizanskey was found with three grams of cannabis, but he was prosecuted for aiding intended recipient in possessing cannabis with intent to distribute. After being convicted, a judge sentenced him to life in prison under Missouri law as a prior and persistent drug offender. He had three prior cannabis-only felony convictions.

Mizanskey reportedly has no other criminal record and has repeatedly tried to get relief from the Missouri Court of Appeals and Federal Courts during the past 20 years of his incarceration. He recently submitted an application for executive clemency to Gov. Jay Nixon asking that his sentence be commuted to time served.

Just this week, new data from a Gallup poll indicated that for the first time, a majority of Americans support the legalization of marijuana. According to the poll, 58 percent of Americans are now in favor of legalizatio, and the percentage has continued to rise over the last decade.

Sources: The Weed Blog, Gallup