In late 1993 Jeff Mizanskey of Missouri was arrested as the result of a sting operation; a few months later he was convicted of intent to distribute about 5 pounds of marijuana and sentenced to life in prison, where he sits to this day.
Mizanskey's arrest was his third time being busted with pot, which lead to his harsh sentence, even though he was never convicted of a violent crime. Now Mizanskey and those who support him are trying to get his story out in the hopes that Missouri Governor Jay Nixon will see his way to granting clemency to Mizanskey, especially considering the momentum behind the liberalization of cannabis laws nationwide.
Despite not being eligible for parole, Mizanskey says he has been a model prisoner, working a steady job and more, all in the hopes of rehabilitating himself. He has seen many violent offenders go home on parole during his time in prison and he asserts that he deserves that chance as well.