Who Is Jeff Mizanskey?

Jeff Mizanskey is among the handful of Americans serving life in prison for nonviolent marijuana crimes.

Jeff Mizanskey is a Missouri inmate who is serving a life sentence for pot possession, according to U.S. News and World Report.

Earlier this year, more than two-thirds of Missouri state legislators and nearly 400,000 online supporters urged Missouri Governor Jay Nixon to use his executive authority to free Mizanskey, who is a nonviolent offender caught up in the state’s three-strikes law.

The governor made Mizanskey eligible for parole. Mizanskey’s original sentence did not allow for parole.

He is scheduled this week for his first parole hearing.  Mizanskey was prosecuted nearly two decades ago after a marijuana-purchase sting operation.

On Thursday, the 62-year-old will take full advantage of a recent declaration granted by Missouri Governor Nixon, which stated that Mizanskey now has the “opportunity to demonstrate that he deserves parole.”

After waiting three months for a hearing, the veteran inmate hopes the parole board will acknowledge that his sentence has never fit the crime in the first place.

Rather than a “pardon” or “commutation” to time served, Nixon – formerly a tough-on-crime state attorney general – made Mizanskey eligible for parole last May, which his original sentence did not allow, writes U.S. News and World Report.

http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2015/08/03/missouri-man-serving-life-for-pot-prepares-for-first-parole-hearing

http://www.hightimes.com/read/jeff-mizanskey-marijuana-lifer-scheduled-first-parole-hearing?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+HIGHTIMESMagazine+(HIGH+TIMES+Magazine)

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TYT Looks At Chris Christie And Marijuana


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State’s rights?

At a town-hall meeting recently, New Jersey governor Chris Christie had a message for recreational marijuana users: enjoy it while it lasts.

The presidential candidate was at a “Telling It Like It Is” meeting at the Salt Hill Pub in Newport, New Hampshire.

He said that if he becomes President he would “enforce the federal laws against marijuana…”

What about state’s rights? Is that one of the platforms on the right?

TYT discusses it.

Acting Administrator Of DEA Says He’s ‘Not An Expert’ On Drugs


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According to U.S. News and World Report, the acting administrator for the Drug Enforcement Agency, Chuck Rosenberg, said recently, “If you want me to say that marijuana’s not dangerous, I’m not going to say that because I think it is. Do I think it’s as dangerous as heroin? Probably not. I’m not an expert.”

http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2015/07/28/new-dea-leader-pot-probably-not-as-bad-as-heroin

http://www.gq.com/story/dea-head-not-expert-in-drugs

Chris Christie Threatens To Get Rid Of Colorado Marijuana

Screen Shot 2015-07-28 at 4.31.47 PMAccording to MediaITE, the New Jersey Governor (and presidential candidate) gave a warning to people who live in states like Colorado and Washington where recreational use of the drug is currently legal.

Christie was at a “Telling It Like It Is” town-hall-style meeting at the Salt Hill Pub in Newport, New Hampshire.

“If you’re getting high in Colorado today, enjoy it,” Christie said according to Bloomerg Politics. “As of January 2017, I will enforce the federal laws.”

(Updated report)

http://www.mediaite.com/online/christie-warns-colorado-pot-smokers-enjoy-it-while-you-can/

http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2015-07-28/smoke-that-pot-now-christie-tells-users-in-states-that-allow-it

USA Today: Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Passed In Delaware

Voting along party lines, the Delaware state Senate gave final approval Thursday to a measure that decriminalizes the possession and private use of small amounts of marijuana, and Gov.Jack Markell almost immediately signed the legislation into law.

Markell signed a marijuana decriminalization bill Thursday after it passed the Democratic-controlled Senate. Republicans, who did not support the bill, argued that decriminalizing marijuana would encourage more young people to use it, writes USA Today.
The bill, sponsored by Democratic Representative Helene Keeley, allows people in Delaware to possess up to an ounce of marijuana and use the drug privately without facing criminal sanctions.

Criminal penalties for simple possession will be replaced with a civil $100 fine. The law takes effect in six months, according to USA Today.

(Updated article)

Houston Chronicle: Texas House Panel Approves Legalization Of Marijuana

In a surprise move that supporters called a historic victory, the Texas House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee approved legislation Wednesday that would make it legal to buy and sell marijuana in the state.

Two Republicans joined with the panel’s three Democrats in support, giving House Bill 2165 a 5-2 panel victory, writes chron.com.

The bill would make Texas the fifth state in America to OK pot for recreational purposes.

According to chron.com, though, the proposal has virtually no chance of clearing other hurdles on the path to becoming law in this year’s legislative session.

However, the move came just two days after the same panel voted 4-2 in favor of a bill to decriminalize marijuana. That was the first time such a proposal had made it out of a Texas legislative committee, according to chron.com. Initially, the bill failed by a 3-2 vote in committee, but it was brought back up and passed with a 4-2 vote.

That bill that would decriminalize possession of an ounce or less of marijuana was revived and voted out of a Texas House committee, writes sacurrent.com.

The bill is House Bill 507, and it would eliminate jail time and criminal records. Instead, people caught with an ounce or less of pot would pay a fine.

The next step is a vote in the House of Representatives.

The San Antonio chapter for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) is already calling San Antonio marijuana advocates to action.

Today the group is working with the Marijuana Policy Project to collect signatures asking Rep. Lyle Larson to schedule the decriminalization proposal for a vote.

There is a companion bill in the Texas Senate, which is still in committee.

(Updated article)

http://www.chron.com/news/politics/texas/article/Texas-House-committee-approves-full-legalization-6247225.php