Missouri man doing life for pot drafts proposal for legalization


The effort to legalize marijuana in Missouri is going full-steam ahead with everyone from activists and lawmakers to the state’s only prisoner serving life without parole for marijuana-only offenses trying to free the weed.

Kholood Eid
Mizanskey hopes a measure will pass that would free him from prison after more than 20 years behind bars.

Show Me Cannabis is currently polling two initiatives to see if there’s enough support to try to get on the 2014 ballot. State Representative Chris Kelly (D) introduced House Bill 1659 last week, which would legalize and regulate marijuana for people over the age of 21. And Jeff Mizanskey, the man who has been in prison for the past 20 years serving life without parole for marijuana, has submitted a proposal that would make him a free man.
Dubbed the “Mizanskey Measure” by Mizanskey’s attorney, Tony Nenninger, who filed the paperwork in Mizanskey’s name, the initiative would legalize marijuana for people over the age of 21 and release nonviolent offenders from prison.
Ray Downs at the Riverfront Times has all of the details