Michigan man serving up to 60 years for pot seeks release
This Aug. 15, 2019 file photo shows a marijuana plant in an indoor cannabis farm in Gardena, Calif. A survey released on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019 says U.S. college students are using marijuana at the highest rates in 35 years. Marijuana use continues to be higher in college-age adults than any other age group. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)
MUSKEGON, MICH. -- A Michigan man sentenced to up to 60 years in prison in 1996 for a marijuana dealing conviction is hoping to cut his remaining time behind bars.
WNEM-TV reports that 68-year-old Michael Thompson has served nearly 25 years of his sentence and won't have a chance for parole until he's in his late 80s.
Thompson was denied clemency by then-Gov. Rick Snyder two years ago, but now a movement called "Free Michael Thompson" has gained traction.
There is a website dedicated to sending emails and letters as well as making calls to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. And a prosecutor says he's willing to see what can be done.