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After 32 years, America’s longest serving non-violent cannabis prisoner to be released next month

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The Last Prisoner Project (LPP) reports that Richard DeLisi, said to be the longest-serving non-violent cannabis prisoner in the U.S., will soon be released. During DeLisi’s 32 years of incarceration, his parents, wife and son have died. He has five grandchildren he has never met. He has spent 31 birthdays behind bars. But next month, DeLisi will walk out of Florida’s South Bay Correctional Facility a free man. Michael Thompson, imprisoned for 25 years for selling three pounds of cannabis, to receive parole hearing in November ‘Inmates are genuinely scared’: Why cannabis advocates are calling for the release of detained offenders Beg your pardon? Just 44 Canadians have received streamlined pardon for cannabis possession so far DeLisi began his 90-year sentence in 1989 at the age of 40. He was arrested the previous year and charged with trafficking in cannabis, conspiracy to traffic in cannabis and violation of the Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act (RICO), according to FreeDeLisi.com . It was the second RICO case for DeLisi, who had previously been convicted of smuggling cannabis in 1975. He was released from prison a little more than a year later, but was in serious financial debt. He owed more than US$50,000 to the state, which had also seized his assets, in addition to lawyer fees. DeLisi attempted to stray from his former life, feigning off numerous attempts by his old friend, J.J. White, to resume smuggling cannabis. Eventually, though, DeLisi agreed to be part of one last trip. According to the Miami New Times , DeLisi finally caved over a plate of beef and oyster sauce with his friend. White, a pilot, laid out the plans for smuggling 1,500 pounds (680 kg) of pot into Florida. He even told DeLisi that he and his brother, who had also been convicted…

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