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Richard DeLisi

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In this episode of Pot Talk Radio we will share the story of Richard DeLisi serving a 98 year sentence in Florida for marijuna.

How much is enough?

Taxpayers are spending enormous sums to keep thousands of harmless old men behind bars for long-forgotten drug deals. 

The Clemency Report ranks retired pot smuggler Richard DeLisi, 66, as Florida’s top prisoner deserving a sentence commutation. 

DeLisi, whose family ran a successful marijuana importation and auto body repair business in the 1980s, was sentenced to three consecutive 30-year terms, or 90 years, for an offense that had a guideline range of 12 to 17 years. No violence was involved. 

Today, instead of the grandkids hearing colorful tales of grandpa’s days as a bootlegger during marijuana prohibition, the stories to be told are about Florida’s fiscally reckless and repetitiously harmful arrest-and-imprison response to marijuana cases. 

We don’t execute people for speeding. Nor do we give three-second sentences for murder. Proportion matters. Ninety years for marijuana? Too much.