Drop All Charges - 10 years for Cannabis Plants

We are Adela and Aaron Wisdom, judicial reform advocates, small farmers and residents of Callaway County, Missouri. This is our home and we love it dearly. We never dreamed that something like this could happen to us, not once but twice.

On June 18 2020 while still in my nightgown and barefoot, in the privacy of my own home and land, unidentified masked armed men invaded our property. In fear for our lives, with a gun pointed at my face, I immediately put my hands up in submission. I didn’t know what to think. I had nothing to cover myself and my nightgown was transparent. I knew I was going to die naked and exposed.

Instead I was handcuffed and placed in a car without a warrant and begging for clothing, underwear, and a female deputy, all of which I was denied as a man patted me down and felt my breasts through the see through fabric. I was kept confined and exposed for almost an hour before someone arrived with a warrant for our property. They then proceeded to search additional adjoining properties not on the warrant. This was their second search, after a prior search on Constitution day last year had been unsuccessful and yielded no crime or chargeable offenses. 

Already having been detained and denied clothing we were both then arrested and transported to jail where the humiliation and debasement continued. My husband and I were separated and I was left cold, exposed and terrified. Still begging for clothing, I was paraded in front of unfamiliar men being held in custody. I was not allowed to bring my tribal ID and was laughed at when I informed them I was Native American.   Medical care was not available and I was denied vital medications. With obviously no access to healthcare it was necessary to borrow money to post bond.

We are alleged to have had approximately 20 "marijuana", botanically known as cannabis sativa, a declared noxious weed on our property.

We are law abiding citizens who have always sought appropriate avenues in our interactions with various agencies. We need help fighting this injustice and this outrageous use of force and police resources. We are facing a decade each in prison for a plant that Missouri has classified as a noxious weed that needs to be pulled and disposed of. We did nothing more than obey the law. No-one belongs in jail for a plant.

Thank you so much for your support. 
Adela & Aaron Wisdom


  263.250.  Marijuana plant to be destroyed — county commission to destroy, when. — 1.  The plant "marijuana", botanically known as cannabis sativa, is hereby declared to be a noxious weed and all owners and occupiers of land shall destroy all such plants growing upon their land.  Any person who knowingly allows such plants to grow on his land or refuses to destroy such plants after being notified to do so shall allow any sheriff or such other persons as designated by the county commission to enter upon any land in this state and destroy such plants.

  2.  Entry to such lands shall not be made, by any sheriff or other designated person to destroy such plants, until fifteen days' notice by certified mail shall be given the owner or occupant to destroy such plants or a search warrant shall be issued on probable cause shown.  In all such instances, the county commission shall bear the cost of destruction and notification.

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  • Tom De Groote
    signed 2020-08-11 02:52:09 -0500
  • Neil Magnuson
    signed 2020-08-11 01:08:59 -0500
    Absence of men’s rea and actus rea is absense of a crime. No victim no crime.
  • William Enterline
    signed 2020-08-10 19:26:10 -0500
    Pot is a plant
  • William Bradley
    signed 2020-08-10 19:05:35 -0500
  • Kristin Gabriels
    signed 2020-08-10 17:18:21 -0500
  • Diana Umfleet
    signed 2020-08-10 16:22:24 -0500
  • Mary Franz
    signed 2020-08-10 15:45:40 -0500
  • Jennifer Burnett
    signed 2020-08-10 13:59:26 -0500
  • Carole Elliott
    signed 2020-08-10 13:59:04 -0500
    Police must be required to abide by the same code as residents, or case should be thrown out. How this should have been handled is very clear in 263.250! Angry.
  • William Kerby
    signed 2020-08-10 11:57:50 -0500
  • Shella Koke
    signed 2020-08-10 09:13:23 -0500
    This is so absurd. I guess this is part of the funding police get? I’m all for reallocating that $$ Obviously cops are just out to torment people.
  • Briseida Neuberger
    signed 2020-08-10 08:17:03 -0500
  • Joy Beckerman
    signed 2020-08-10 06:20:36 -0500
  • Marc Van Loco
    signed 2020-08-10 00:49:03 -0500
  • lori wigner
    signed 2020-08-09 23:53:03 -0500
  • Chela Fiorini
    signed 2020-08-09 23:05:27 -0500
    It is wrong and immoral that cannabis was ever illegal. Cannabis is a healing plant. Cannabis should be descheduled and anyone arrested for “cannabis crimes” needs to be released.
  • Emmanuel prado
    signed 2020-08-09 18:23:49 -0500
    no one should go to jail for growing a medicinal plant created by God.
  • Carmen Virje
    signed 2020-08-09 15:10:06 -0500
  • Gerald Huff
    signed via 2020-08-09 13:58:34 -0500
    I’ll make it simple for you… Cannabis would not exist on this planet if the creator of of our planet and us didn’t intend on it’s use by us either medicinally or leisurly or religiously…. God made the plant for us to use to help ourselves in some way or another. Criminalizing cannibus use is straight forwards communism and tyranny of state / Local and federal. God would not have created such a plant if he didn’t have a purpose for it.
  • Kathy Smith
    signed 2020-08-09 13:53:41 -0500
  • Jeandre Holstuizen
    signed 2020-08-09 11:30:27 -0500
  • Geraldine Cooper
    signed 2020-08-09 11:08:54 -0500
    Prayers sent up for both of you..
  • Stephanie Sigler
    signed 2020-08-09 09:12:46 -0500
  • Miranda Callahan
    signed 2020-08-09 07:33:06 -0500
  • Jennifer Cordero
    signed 2020-08-09 06:31:29 -0500
    So much for “United We Stand” or “United States.” Nothing about America is UNITED. Homosexuals got their equality, Black Lives Matter is taking over, and these people are facing 10 years for a pot plant, when it’s legalized in plenty of other states?! This is unprofessional and not right at all, considering the way they were handled and taken into custody. I hope and pray that innocent lives aren’t thrown into the system just so the state can make profit. 🙄 This whole story really irks my soul. How about we stop focusing on cannabis, and focus more on what’s really going on under our noses, such as: human trafficking, sex offenders, child pornography and abuse, the meth and heroin problem all over the nation, etc. This world is corrupt. Land of the free? Nah…. Check please.
  • Michelle Wills
    signed 2020-08-09 03:34:14 -0500
  • Kevin Sutcliffe
    signed 2020-08-09 02:33:19 -0500
  • Malissa Hunsicker
    signed 2020-08-09 02:12:23 -0500
  • Colin Cluff
    signed 2020-08-09 01:12:53 -0500
    I hope for the best for you both.
  • Shaye Cipri
    signed 2020-08-09 00:24:51 -0500