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By Becky DeKeuster

Sometime between 9 and 11 a.m. EST today, a Missouri man walked out of prison after serving 21 years of a life-without-parole sentence.

Jeff Mizanskey received that sentence in 1994. His crime? A non-violent illegal marijuana transaction, his third offense after two previous pot convictions.

Mizanskey’s two priors were for crimes involving more than 35 grams of cannabis—in 1984, he sold an ounce to an undercover agent; when his home was raided as a result, about half a pound was found there. His second arrest was for possession of less than three ounces, in 1991.

Then, in 1993, Mizanskey was arrested with a group and charged with possession and intent to distribute about 7 pounds of cannabis. Mizanskey went to trial, was convicted and, as a “prior and persistent offender,” was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole. (The principle actor in the case pled guilty and received a 10-year sentence.)

No doubt, Jeff Mizanskey knew the cannabis was illegal, and he is responsible for his actions. But his crimes were non-violent, and today these amounts fall well within the possession limits of many medical and adult-use cannabis states, including Maine’s.

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