Jeff Mizanskey: Freedom Without Cannabis

Jeff Mizanskey speaks with Kyle Kushman about adjusting to his new found freedom, unfortunately without being able to consume cannabis. Jeff was released from the Jefferson City Correctional Center in Missouri on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, after serving two decades of a life sentence.

Jeff Mizanskey

Jeff talks about his plan to spend his post-prison life seeking a job and advocating for the legalization of marijuana. He criticized sentencing for some drug-related crimes as unfair and described his time behind bars as “hell.”

Mizanskey was sentenced in 1996 — the same year California became the first state to legalize marijuana for medical purposes. Medical marijuana is now legal in 23 states, and recreational marijuana has been legalized in Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, Washington state and Washington, D.C.

He was the only Missouri inmate serving such a sentence for a nonviolent marijuana-related offense when Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon agreed in May to commute his sentence.