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Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Gov. Parson Commutes Sentence of Robert Franklin, Cannabis Prisoner Featured in the RFT

Posted By on Wed, May 5, 2021 at 1:12 PM

Robert Franklin, who has served more than a decade of a 22-year prison sentence for a marijuana crime, has become the ninth drug offender since 2020 to have his case commuted by Gov. Mike Parson. "It was the best news I've had in years," Franklin said Tuesday in an...

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Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Weed Put Robert Franklin in Prison. He's Begging Mike Parson to Get Him Out

Posted By on Wed, Apr 28, 2021 at 8:55 AM

Fourteen years have passed since the night Robert Franklin tossed a one-pound brick of marijuana out his SUV window — with two Missouri Highway Patrol troopers pursuing close behind. Franklin's arrest in February 2007 led to a 22-year prison sentence for marijuana distribution, but, over the following years, Missouri...

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Tuesday, April 20, 2021

The Life-Altering Afterlife of Missouri's Harshest Drug Law

Posted By on Tue, Apr 20, 2021 at 8:45 AM

Last week’s debut of the Riverfront Times’ dedicated cannabis section reintroduced readers to the case of Jeff Mizanskey, a small-time Sedalia pot dealer sentenced to life in prison in 1994. Although Mizanskey was ultimately freed in 2015 amid public outcry and a governor’s commutation, the law that empowered prosecutors...

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Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Tommy Chims: Farewell to the Weed Man

Posted By on Wed, Apr 14, 2021 at 6:40 AM

Once, as a fresh-faced teenager looking to re-up my weed supply, I showed up at my dealer's home on a sunny summer afternoon and was surprised to find that he no longer had a front door. Said dealer, whom my circle of high school friends referred to only as...

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College Dabbers and Dabblers

Posted By on Wed, Apr 14, 2021 at 6:37 AM

I, the intern (one of two), was tasked with describing college weed culture. I graduated last year. Here goes. The kids are definitely getting high. They’ve got all these hurly whirly contraptions — dab pens, vape pens, joints — to light up with. I’ve got one friend who keeps...

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My Doctor Couldn't Prescribe Medical Marijuana; a Stranger Could

Posted By on Wed, Apr 14, 2021 at 6:15 AM

Weed culture disgusts me. I hate tie-dye. I hate jam music. I hate sandals. And I really hate Joe Rogan. Wow, do I hate Joe Rogan. That guy can fuck right off. But, man, cannabis really works for my chronic pain. I have Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, which is a disorder of...

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Marijuana Dispensaries in the St. Louis Metro

Posted By on Wed, Apr 14, 2021 at 4:00 AM

Well, it took long enough. Maybe it's the mentally draining effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the way every single day of 2020 simply begged for some form of psychoactive escape. Maybe it's that thousands of people across the state secured medical marijuana licenses as soon as they were available,...

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Jeff Mizanskey on Life After a Life Sentence for Marijuana

Posted By on Wed, Apr 14, 2021 at 4:00 AM

In 1994, when Jeff Mizanskey was sentenced to life in prison, the country was already several years into waging a meat-grinder drug war against its own citizens. In Missouri, courts locked away thousands on mandatory minimum sentences that could be triggered by anything from several pounds of cocaine to...

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