These Senior Citizens Are Destined to Die in Prison–For Marijuana

There are drug war excesses remaining to be rectified. Here are some of the most outrageous.

Marijuana is now legal in four states and the nation’s capital, voters will likely legalize it in a half dozen more by year’s end. Pot possession is decriminalized in a couple dozen more states. It seems to now be generally recognized that marijuana just isn’t that big a deal. Yet, as hard as it is to imagine, there are still people who have been sentenced to die in prison for marijuana offenses.

That’s right, sentenced to life without parole for non-violent marijuana offenses. The most famous marijuana lifer is Missourian Jeff Mirzansky, who walked out of state prison last year after a concerted public relations and political campaign by his family and supporters, but he is by no means the only one.

– Read the entire article at Alternet.