Michael Thompson

After 25 years in prison for selling three pounds of pot, Michael Thompson receives parole hearing

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Michael Thompson
Michael Thompson, who was caught selling three pounds of pot to an undercover police informant in 1994, has been incarcerated since 1996. Under the terms of his sentence, he is eligible for parole in April, 2038. But earlier this week, Thompson was granted a public hearing with the Michigan Parole Board, something that Sarah Gersten, executive director and general counsel for the Last Prisoner Project, called “the last procedural hurdle before the Governor can grant clemency.” Michael Thompson, imprisoned for 25 years for selling three pounds of cannabis, to receive parole hearing in November Michael Thompson was given a 60-year prison sentence for selling three pounds of pot. He is now being treated for COVID-19 After 32 years, America’s longest serving non-violent cannabis prisoner to be released next month Speaking to the parole board, Gersten said Thompson’s sentence was “particularly egregious because Michael is in the State of Michigan, a state that’s fully legalized cannabis for adult use,” reports WNEM. Thompson, 69, told the board that, if granted clemency, he wishes to spend time with his family. He also thanked his supporters. “What I’ve done before I come to prison, you know, I’m far from that,” he said, according to the Detroit Free Press . “I’m far from that. So I just want the parole board to show me some kind of … mercy.” Thirteen people spoke during the hearing, according to Freep , describing Thompson as a “model prisoner” and a community leader before his incarceration. A letter written by Attorney General Dana Nessel was also read to the parole board. “I think he deserves to be out of prison. I think he deserves to be released. And I truly trust that Governor (Gretchen) Whitmer will do the right thing when it comes to his case.” “We ought to…

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