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Celebs Call for Release of Marijuana Prisoner Michael Thompson

Michael Thompson has been in Michigan prisons for 26 years for distributing marijuana. Activists are calling for his release.

Sarah Silverman, Montel Williams and others are raising awareness about Michael Thompson, a 68-year old man who's serving a 40-60 year sentence in Michigan for conspiracy to distribute marijuana and gun possession. He's served 26 years of his sentence so far. Thompson is currently hospitalized with Covid symptoms.

This tweet by Silverman pretty much says it all:

Silverman followed up with this tweet: 

According to Can-Do: Justice Through Clemency:

"Michael “Meeko” Thompson has spent more than two decades locked in a state prison and is now in the Muskegon Correctional Facility. Michael was arrested for selling three pounds of cannabis to an undercover officer. He had prior drug offenses, but no history of violence. When his house was raided after his arrest, a few antique firearms and one usable firearm were recovered. Despite the fact that the antiques did not fire and the one that did was owned by Michael’s wife, he was convicted of felony possession of a firearm along with his cannabis charges. This was his fourth offense which labeled him a habitual offender, and he was sentenced to 40-60 years in prison. He could have been sentenced to as little as three to five years."

Williams tweeted:

Podcaster Shaun King tweeted:

Dear @GovWhitmer,

It’s absolutely shameful that you refuse to grant clemency to Michael Thompson. The request is on your desk.

He is the longest serving non-violent person in Michigan’s prisons. He’s been there for nearly 30 years.

Now he has Covid-19

— Shaun King (@shaunking) August 1, 2020

Thompson was denied clemency by previous Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder. Current Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is being asked to release him. 


Call These Numbers

Gov. Whitmer’s office: 517-373-3400

Michigan Parole Board: 517-373-0270


Write to Michael Thompson

Muskegon Correctional Facility

2400 S. Sheridan Rd.

Muskegon, MI 49442

Inmate #: 176309


Michael Thompson Links

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