Team Green we Jeff needs your help on March 4th at 8am Corrections Committee House Hearing Room 5. If you are interested in testifying on support of the bill, please call Shamed Dogan's office at 573-751-4392.
|Date:||Wednesday, March 04, 2015|
|Location:||House Hearing Room 5|
Good news State Representative Shamed Dogan announced: there will be a hearing on my bill to free Jeff Mizanskey next week! It will be heard by the Committee on Corrections, chaired by Rep. Paul Fitzwater, next Wednesday March 4 at 8:00 am. If you are interested in testifying in support of my bill, please call my office at 573-751-4392. I also encourage you to thank Rep. Fitzwater for holding the hearing on the bill so quickly! His number is 573-751-2112.
Hearing Schedule for HB 978 ~ Requires the Board of Probation and Parole to authorize the release of any offender who is incarcerated on August 28, 2015 and who is serving a life sentence without parole for marijuana offenses.
HB 978 Speech-
Hello, my name is Adela Falk and I reside in Williamsburg. I want to thank all you on the Committee on Corrections- especially Rep. Fitzwater for holding the hearing on this bill so quickly and Rep. Dogan for putting for HB 978 together.
Jeff is serving a life without parole sentence for a non-violent repeat offender cannabis only crime. He has applied for clemency however, the governor has failed to act.
As of December 19, 2014 Jeff has served 21 years in Jefferson City Correctional Center. It currently cost taxpayers $57.18 a day to house Jeff not including his medical expenses. Considering Jeff is 61 years old his medical cost will continue to increase thus so, will the cost of housing Jeff. As of date $436,905 has been paid by taxpayers to keep Jeff incarcerated.
--------------- The math: 57*365 = 20, 805 * 21 = 436,905
Jeff received his High School Equivalency Certificate in Illinois in 1974. He joined the Air Force in 1975 and was honorably discharged in 1977 as a SGT. While in the Airforce he was a construction equipment operator, tractor operator, and a crane operator - He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal and Air Force Good Conduct Medal.
Prior, to Jeff’s arrest he owned and operated a shop that specialized in fixing heavy equipment. He ran a business, he had employees, paid taxes, he was a productive member of society. He had a wife and children and purchased a house. We worked 5-7 days a week taking care of his family.
Now Jeff still works at a shop in prison making $ .71 cents an hour. He makes desk, tables, and nurse stations that the prison then sells. Like in the air-force Jeff while in prison continues to earn awards and certificates- from The Intensive Therapeutic Community ---such certificates include--
Expediter Crew Coordinator, Service Crew Coordinator, Senior Coordinator.
Criminality Class , Impact of crimes on victims class.
Winners Circle award for a total of one year 8,640 hours of holistic treatment focusing on recovery from criminal thinking and addiction.
Alternatives to violence, Commitment to change errors in thinking.
ITC 12 week course in anger management and a Self Esteem Class.
Jeff has children, grand-children, a family, lots of friends in Missouri that want him home. He has supporters nationwide that want justice for Jeff. Jeff has got media attention from CNN, Riverfront Times, Show me Cannabis, Huffington Post, High Times, CBS St.Louis and other local news, as well as civil rights groups, and cannabis activists- Jeff will continue to gather support as more and more states legalized or approve medical marijuana.
Jeff has served his time for the cannabis crime he has committed. Please, in the interest of justice I am asking you to pass this bill and release Jeff.
JEFF MIZANSKEY # 521900
JEFFERSON CITY CORRECTIONAL CENTER
8500 NO MORE VICTIMS ROAD
JEFFERSON CITY, MISSOURI 65101
Written by: Adela Falk 3-2-2015
Q: Is marijuana addictive?
~ According to the White House ~ Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Marijuana
A: Yes. We know that marijuana use, particularly long-term, chronic use or use starting at a young age, can lead to dependence and addiction. Long-term marijuana use can lead to compulsive drug seeking and abuse despite the known harmful effects upon functioning in the context of family, school, work, and recreational activities.
Research finds that approximately 9 percent (1 in 11) of marijuana users become dependent. Research also indicates that the earlier young people start using marijuana, the more likely they are to become dependent on marijuana or other drugs later in life.
In 2011, approximately 4.2 million people met the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV) diagnostic criteria for marijuana abuse or dependence. This is more than pain relievers, cocaine, tranquilizers, hallucinogens, and heroin combined. In 2011, approximately 872,000 Americans 12 or older reported receiving treatment for marijuana use, more than any other illicit drug.
The research is clear. Marijuana users can become addicted to the drug. It can lead to abuse and dependence, and other serious consequences.
However, In 1951 the Narcotic Educational Foundation of America put out a movie called Subject: Narcotics - 1951. The film was produced with the purpose of acquainting law enforcement agencies with some of the problems of narcotic enforcement. At 4:23 in the movie it states Marijuana is non-addictive. Meaning that the user of marijuana when deprived of the drug will not experience the agonies of withdrawal ~ it is habituating. Then what is its danger? Marijuana produces unpredictable emotional results but its greatest danger lies in the fact that it is a gate way drug.
Just recently, Rand Corporation article Using Marijuana May Not Raise the Risk of Using Harder Drugs states 'marijuana has never been shown to have a gateway effect.'
The point is in 1951 we knew that marijuana was not addictive yet today 2015 The White House ~ our Pot smoking President Barack Obama continues to flood the main stream media with marijuana propaganda. Why? This is about money, major corporations, from private prisons for profits, phone, healthcare, personal items, companies that employ inmates for labor, the court system, the Judge, the attorneys, the court reporter, the jurors, the bail-bonds men,the police officers, they are all employed at the cost of people going to prison.
According to Bureau of Prisons 48.7% of the federal prison population are locked up for drug offenses. The federal prison base pay is .09 cents an hour. We tax payers are paying $60-110 a day to house non-violent cannabis offenders. We are the new slave labor.
Cannabis propaganda is alive and it is vital for YOU to speak up about cannabis so, we can finally end cannabis prohibition.
Some companies that profit of of inmates:
GTL ~ Global Tel Link ~ Inmate Telephone System
Corizon ~ Correctional Health Care
How can a prisoners location be 'UNKNOWN"? According to the Bureau of Prisons since August of 2014 Andy Cox #89487-020 location has been unknown- NOT IN BOP CUSTODY. POW420 did Voice your inmate concerns as to where Andy was located. BOP responded- Unfortunately, as the inmate is not currently housed at FCC Pollock, information pertaining to him cannot be released. You can continue to visit the BOP website to check his location. Which, ironically is why I was asking where he was- if not at FCC Pollock then where is he? We continued to play cat and mouse for months on Andy's location. After, numerous letters and mass emails Andy's location was posted on bop.gov. Granted he is at a Transfer Center and his location will be changing we are happy to have finally location Andy after almost 7 months of MIA ~ Welcome Back Andy.
Please, write to Andy as soon as possible and show him some support.
Welcome! POW420 Team Green is in need of a logo. We have some ideas but are welcome to everyone's ideas. Send your ideas to [email protected] or post on POW420 Facebook page. Thank you all for helping us. Remember, that No-one belongs in jail for a plant. We will share all suggestions on this page. We would love some feed back, suggestions, anything!
Thank you Chris Topher
Sending support to our POW420s is important. If we forget about our pot prisoners we will never end cannabis prohibition. So, we encourage everyone to write to someone in prison for pot. Please, share you letters of support with us. We would love to share them on this website. Showing support and spreading awareness that No-one belongs in jail for a plant is community effort. Posted is a letter of support to Ricardo serving a 20 year sentence for marijuana in federal prison from Adela Falk.
RICHARD RUIZ MONTES # 63130-097 'Ricardo'
FEDERAL CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION
3600 GUARD ROAD
LOMPOC, CA 93436
Letter to Ricardo 2-15-2015
When good deeds go unnoticed I feel like shouting 'THANK YOU!'
So, to share some good news and good deeds. POW420 would like to thank Dennis Boisvert for all his unseen good work. Dennis donates a lot of money to our brothers and sisters locked up for marijuana. Donations to those in prison for pot who make .09 - 71 cents an hour $10 is a lot of money.
Every time a shout out for help happens Dennis is always the first to step up. If you get a phone call from a pot prisoner you could probably thank Dennis for them to have the ability to call you. So, as an attempt to spread good news POW420 is asking that you share you letters, donations, emails, photos of you helping our brothers and sisters locked up for cannabis.
Will you be the next featured Freedom Fighter??
Thank you Dennis Boisvert for you awesome donation to Jimmy Romans for $20.
To donate directly please use these websites:
Federal Bureau of Prisons
JAMES R ROMANS # 10195-028 'Jimmy'
FCI Terre Haute
FEDERAL CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION
P.O. BOX 33
TERRE HAUTE, IN 47808
This is a monthly event that features birthdays of our brothers and sisters locked up for cannabis. Sometimes, people find it hard to write a letter to a stranger this event is designed to help you reach out by simply sending a birthday card. Being in prison is hard being in prison for cannabis is unjust and we need to show our support. Show some love to our POW420's today.
The month of February Birthday POW420's are: Robert Duncan, Richard Delisi, Matthew Davies, and Autumn Alexander. Click on their tab for more information. Thank you.
Share your photos and stories with us. No-one belongs in jail for a plant
POW420 Birthday Writing Event
Former Buffalo Police Officer Jorge Melendez, 44, was convicted of conspiracy to manufacture 100 marijuana plants. Jorge was sentenced to 60 months in prison for pot. In addition, Jorge must pay and surrender to asset forfeiture- he is to pay a the government $300,000, and forfeit a Suburban vehicle, a Harley Davidson motorcycle, a 36 foot speed boat, and seven firearms.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Tripi stated that Jorge Melendez, Jason Elardo, and Robert Osika, and Gale Elardo were arrested after a long term investigation into a marijuana grow. Specifically, a marijuana grow located at 2157 South Park Ave. in Buffalo. During the course of an investigation law enforcement officers installed hidden surveillance equipment on the second floor of the South Park Ave. warehouse where the marijuana grow was located. The surveillance video showed Melendez and Elardo tending to over 100 marijuana plants.
The outside surveillance cameras observed Jason entering the warehouse on a daily basis to tend to the marijuana grow. Big surprise to learn that law enforcement obtained credit card information showing that Elardo purchased equipment used to maintain the indoor, hydroponic marijuana grow.
On May 31, 2012, two additional locations were found to contain marijuana grows. A warehouse located at 1372 Clinton Street and a residence located at 76 West Woodside, both owned by Jason, and Gale. DEA claims that marijuana was being cultivated at these sites but no amount was given.
Robert Osika and Jason Elardo have been convicted and are awaiting sentenced. Jason Elardo is sadly now deceased.
The waste of money and resources being used to prosecute marijuana cultivators is excessive and needs to stop. The following are the agencies that investigated this case: Investigators of the New York State Police, the Drug Enforcement Administration, New York Field Division, Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Buffalo Police Department. Not to mention The Federal Court House: Staff, bailiffs, Judge, Jury, Court Reporter all of these people have jobs thanks to Marijuana Cultivators.
I have yet to be able to find Jorge in the BOP, as he may not have been processed yet.