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Fundraiser Created for Ad Campaign Asking Gov. Nixon to Free Jeff Mizanskey

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Efforts to free Jeff Mizanskey, Missouri's only prisoner serving life without parole for marijuana charges, are continuing with an online fundraiser that seeks to raise money for a media blitz that would aim to persuade Governor Jay Nixon to grant clemency.

The goal of the Indiegogo campaign is to raise $21,000 -- a symbolic amount to represent the 21 years that Mizanskey has been imprisoned -- for a series of ads for print, radio, TV, online and billboards. The radio and TV ads will feature Mizanskey himself.

The fundraiser was created by Aaron Malin, a researcher for Show-Me Cannabis (although this is not a project directed by the marijuana reform group). Mizanskey's brother, Mike Mizanskey, is also assisting with the fundraiser.

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Show-Me Cannabis
The fundraiser hopes to create more ads like this.
Malin tells Daily RFT that recent efforts by Show-Me Cannabis to publicize Mizanskey's plight and garner public support have been positive, and he wanted to grow on that.

See also: "Free Jeff Mizanskey" Efforts Continue with Billboards and 360,000 Signatures

"We've gotten a lot of really good traffic from the billboard on Highway 70 with Jeff on it right now and a lot of positive responses," Malin says. "We think those have been really effective, and we'd like to see more of those across the state."

With more billboards and other advertisements, Malin and Mizanskey's family hope that more people will be persuaded to put pressure on Governor Nixon to grant clemency.

"We kind of agreed that this would be a good time to redouble our efforts and see if we can't create a really overwhelming atmosphere in Missouri where citizens are clearly saying that this guy should not be in prison anymore," Malin says.

Mizanskey himself has been trying to participate in the effort to free him from prison. He recently contacted Daily RFT to put out a statement to the public, asking them to write letters and make phone calls to the governor.

See also: Jeff Mizanskey, Missouri Man Serving Life for Pot, Asks Public to Write Letters to Gov. Nixon

In that statement, Mizanskey says he had just learned that he has a great grandchild on the way, and he'd like to be a part of his or her life.

"I just pray I can be there for my great grandchild. As you all know, I could not be there for my grandkids. With all of your help, that's possible," Mizanskey told Daily RFT.

Malin says that he hopes this message will resonate with the public and the governor. But he also hopes that Nixon will recognize a chance to get on board with what many see as a political sea change on marijuana laws.

"The political reality of the state will change after the November 2014 election and hopefully provide the governor with an additional opportunity to grant clemency," Malin says.

He adds that with Nixon signing into law a limited medical marijuana bill that allows severe epilepsy patients the use of cannabinoid oil, it only makes sense to grant clemency to Mizanskey.

See also: How a Missouri Man Could Die in Prison for Weed

"Now we will have people legally growing marijuana in the state of Missouri while at the same time you will have a person doing life without parole for possessing it," he says.

As of today the fundraiser has 37 more days to reach its $21,000 goal.

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43 comments
Kenneth Lane
Kenneth Lane

Will our lifetimes be looked at as the second Dark Ages in the future?

Nicko_Thime
Nicko_Thime

There are no laws less productive or less sensible than prohibitions. They create criminality out of personal actions and as such, are a direct assault inn personal liberty.

That this man is still in prison after 21 YEARS for possessing some plant material which has harmed no one, ever, is confirmation of what William Buckley said about the law being far more harmful then the substance.

If you really want to know who to blame, you can out it on Richard Nixon

wclayf
wclayf

And once we repeal the drug laws, what would be truly justice is to take every legislator that ever voted for anti-drug laws and force them to server the rest of their lives in jail.  Their total cumulative time served would be only a millionth of the time of other human lives they have taken away.  We cannot blame the Police for enforcing the law but we certainly CAN BLAME those who created these unjust laws, because these legislators are truly the selfish barbaric thugs they claim to hate.  Precisely like the Salem Witch Trials.

wclayf
wclayf

It is insane to jail anyone even for one single day over owning a plant substance.  What we are living thru with these drug laws is EXACTLY THE SAME as the Salem Witch trials.  Mass hysteria by a populous who doesn't care as long as the injustice doesn't happen to them.  Some day when man evolves to a higher moral state, we will look back on these laws and realize how barbaric we were to care SO LITTLE about our fellow man.  All that is required for evil to prosper is for good men to do nothing. Hey good men.  Guess what we are all doing.  Nothing.  And that makes us collectively evil and all equally culpable.

wclayf
wclayf

It is insane to jail anyone even for one single day over owning a plant substance.  What we are living thru with these drug laws is EXACTLY THE SAME as the Salem Witch trials.  Mass hysteria by a populous who doesn't care as long as the injustice doesn't happen to them.  Some day when man evolves to a higher moral state, we will look back on these laws and realize how barbaric we were to care SO LITTLE about our fellow man.  All that is required for evil to prosper is for good men to do nothing. Hey good men.  Guess what we are all doing.  Nothing.  And that makes us collectively evil and all equally culpable.

JustWondering
JustWondering

In this backwards, Confederate sympathizing state, I wonder how many people would be advocating for his freedom if he were Black.

anton666
anton666

He did the crime he should do the time. I don't care if he was jaywalking. If you got the death penalty for crossing the street without a crosswalk, well you should die because that's the law. This isn't Colorado, thank God.

cryfax
cryfax

Only $21,000? Why not $420,000

Carrie Daugherty
Carrie Daugherty

i do everything for myself thanks. but why should people have to donate money to help a criminal? pro pot people dont see him as a criminal but those of us who do not support him see him as such. so please remember just cause someone does not share your opinion dont mean they cant express it.

Stephen Martin
Stephen Martin

Are you going to sit around and wait for someone else to organize one, or are you going to do something yourself? Start a Kickstarter campaign. Or just print some flyers and hold a rally for yourself. You're not in prison, so you don't need someone else to do it for you.

Abbey Allred Wharton
Abbey Allred Wharton

I didn't have much to give, but I definitely donated. This man should NOT be behind bars. He has more than served the time befitting his crime.

Tim Corkill
Tim Corkill

Ask Obama for change I dont even have that too give....

brmomich
brmomich

@wclayf 

I support your run for the presidency. If only we could get other people to open their eyes and understand that what we are doing to our brothers and sisters, our mothers and fathers, our neighbors and our communities all for the profit of the State to criminalize the holy sacrament that God gave us. J.C. would NOT be cool with this!

Nicko_Thime
Nicko_Thime

@anton666 


Idiots like you are why we still have dummazz laws like prohibition.

wclayf
wclayf

@anton666  Your platitude is sheer moronic.  The debate is about whether the law is unjust or not, and it is definitely about the most unjust law that has ever been conceived of, and is only existing because Americans are such bigots (hating people who do drugs, because of a holier than thou feeling among those who don't).  The "reefer madness" lie if the 1950s started this big Salem Witch Trial, and it's time to END IT.  It's ruined 100's of thousands of peoples' lives, and is nothing but the meanderings of a bigoted, selfish, spiteful legislature consisting of the religiously brainwashed people believing to have a supernatural being on their side. 


spock
spock

@anton666 youre lucky there is no death penalty for stupidity.

citrusfruit420
citrusfruit420

@anton666 Homosexuality and booze was illegal during the 20s and 30s, do you still believe the punishment fits the "crime"? 


Look at it this way. Hypothetically; your father was a very strict person, and he thought that disobedience should be punished by a god ol' smacking with a leather belt. Well, this was fifty years ago, and wasn't too uncommon. However, if this happened now, it would spark outrage. 


So, some old fart decides that cannabis should be illegal. Why? Well, they found a lot of illegitimate reasons, but nevertheless, they managed to make it criminal. 


These laws are now changing. Cannabis isn't frowned upon like it was during the 70s and 80s. People discovered that it really isn't that dangerous. It won't kill you, and it won't make you kill other people either. It won't really do much more than make you relaxed, happy and hungry, so why should we not allow it?


This is the same principle as the sodomy laws. What if sodomy laws had a lifetime sentence? Would we let the people who where in jail for sodomy (e.g. homosexual intercourse) sit in jail, because they broke the law? All because of the principle of the matter?


The law is decided by the people. If the people decide that homosexuality is not a crime, then people should not be punished for it. The same goes for cannabis. Even if breaking the law could be seen as a crime in itself, we need to take into account what the incentive was when these laws where made, and also the incentive for why these laws where annulled.


If it is decided, like in this case, that the law was based on false principles (that cannabis was dangerous), then it should not be the people's fault, but the governments fault, who made the law.

bobyjane1234
bobyjane1234

@anton666 Kill yourself, people like you are why humanity is taking a left turn. Dumbass..

bobyjane1234
bobyjane1234

@anton666 Are you fucking serious, people like you should get a slap in the face, close minded believing in a superficial being. What's new...

bobyjane1234
bobyjane1234

@anton666 Are you fucking serious, people like you should get a slap in the face, close minded believing in a superficial being. What's new...

Supernova49
Supernova49

I know for a fact Carrie is on food stamps.

Nicko_Thime
Nicko_Thime

Only self-righteous twits see a pot user as a criminal. The very idea that pot is illegal should offend you as being both arbitrary and senseless.

But no, you are stuck on the sheer stupid of prohibition.

Slap yourself upside the head and tell yourself to quit being a judgmental idjut.

darktowermaiden
darktowermaiden

Thank god doughnuts aren't illegal, Carrie. You'd be facing life w/out parole too. WTF is wrong with people in Missouri? This is the 3rd f*cked up story I've read about this place THIS week...smfh


I, unlike you, have common sense. A life sentence for marijuana is ludicrous. period. 


And just like you, people can do whatever they want with their own money. I don't see anyone chastising you fatty because you are bankrupting our health care system with your " I have a thyroid condition" or I'm genetically predispositioned to be heavy... no it's ok to kill yourself with twinkies but fuck anybody who wants to smoke pot right? What's the fucking difference? Both are bad for you. Both are costing this country millions of dollars each year trying to fight it. Only one of them is illegal.


Keep hiding behind pictures of flowers because you are too ashamed to post a real picture of yourself, fat ass and all. Keep telling yourself that pot is evil and bad while you're shoveling it in faster than your thighs can spread. It's ok for you to tell people the truth as you see it but gods be damned if it gets turned around on you, right?


Sorry to be cruel but, your attitude is criminal. Wishing for someone to rot in prison, with no chance to see his family, because of a plant is beyond human scum. You don't deserve the Big Macs you're popping like tic-tacs....@Carrie Daugherty 

LetMyPplGo
LetMyPplGo

It's attitudes like these that lead to all sorts of abuses. You label people and dismiss them. They are no longer human or worth thinking about anymore to you and many others. As a result, many crimes are committed against them, and no justice is ever done. 

Justice for all, remember? That means criminals too.


You don't have to be pro pot to see that a life prison sentence for marijuana is nothing short of a crime in and of itself. You're not only wasting tax dollars housing, feeding, and caring for this person, but you're also imprisoning someone for life for a non-violent crime. 


This person hurt no one, yet they are in prison for life? If you can't see the injustice in that, then I can only pity you.

Nicko_Thime
Nicko_Thime

Only a real moron would make this about Obama. Not you, that other moron.

Supernova49
Supernova49

Your problem is easily solved, stop eating at McDonalds.

dangermousemh
dangermousemh

are your problems serving life in prison for a crime that today is considered legal to a misdemeanor?

Ian32
Ian32

Go fuck yourself. This guy has been locked in a cage for 2 decades because of a plant that grows naturally, he deserves freedom. Whatever problem you have pales in comparison.

Meurs
Meurs

The Help Carrie Daugherty Fund Get Some Empathy Fund...sorely needed.

oiwahf
oiwahf

Nowhere because you can solve your problems yourself but your too fucking lazy.

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