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Richard DeLisi, the longest-serving marijuana crimes convict in the U.S., was freed ahead of his scheduled June 2022 release.

According to multiple reports, DeLisi walked out of the South Bay Correctional Facility in Palm Beach County, Florida, Tuesday morning — and for the first time in 31 years, he will spend Christmas with family. 

“It actually feels like 10 times better than wonderful,” DeLisi, aged 71, speaking of his release, told the [Lakeland, FL] Ledger.


While imprisoned for marijuana-dealing, DeLisi lost his wife, his 23-year-old son and his parents. In addition, he never met his two granddaughters, thereby losing a “lifetime of memories,” CBS News reported.  (RELATED: ‘Since You’re Giving Pardons To People’: Tulsi Gabbard Has A Shortlist Of Names For Trump)

DeLisi has been imprisoned since 1989 when he and his brother, Ted, were convicted of cannabis trafficking, “conspiracy to traffic in cannabis,” and violating the “Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organization (RICO) Act,” as a result of which they were sentenced by Judge Dennis Maloney to three “consecutive 30-year sentences,” beyond what the judicial guidelines recommended.

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