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


Title XVII AGRICULTURE AND ANIMALS

  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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  • John Wronski
    signed 2020-08-05 20:37:34 -0500
  • jeremy rakin
    signed 2020-08-05 20:35:18 -0500
  • David Wilson
    signed 2020-08-05 20:33:20 -0500
    No one belongs in jail for a plant
  • Sarah Dale
    signed 2020-08-05 20:32:42 -0500
  • Santos Ayala
    signed 2020-08-05 20:30:16 -0500
  • Alan Newman
    signed 2020-08-05 20:29:02 -0500
    Signed
  • Jeff Zick
    signed 2020-08-05 20:24:55 -0500
    Gardening is never a crime. Personal property rights matter as well.
  • Maria Mayo
    signed 2020-08-05 20:24:35 -0500
  • Ashley Taylor
    signed 2020-08-05 20:15:59 -0500
  • Sharon Byrum
    signed 2020-08-05 20:12:39 -0500
  • Melissa Rolufs
    signed 2020-08-05 20:11:10 -0500
  • Kim Twolan
    signed 2020-08-05 20:10:45 -0500
  • Sharon Neff
    signed via 2020-08-05 20:07:05 -0500
  • Heather Fenimore
    signed 2020-08-05 20:05:08 -0500
  • Eileen Drescher
    signed 2020-08-05 20:04:18 -0500
  • Clarinda Davis
    signed 2020-08-05 20:03:18 -0500
  • Emma Hintch
    signed 2020-08-05 19:55:26 -0500
  • Dave Eichler
    signed 2020-08-05 19:54:52 -0500
  • Jamie Wiggington
    signed 2020-08-05 19:49:51 -0500
    So sorry you are having to go through this. Will be sending good vibes & positive thoughts for you both. Keep your head up & know you have so many who are behind you.
  • Joani Harshman
    signed 2020-08-05 19:47:26 -0500
  • Timothy Cordonnier
    signed 2020-08-05 19:47:23 -0500
    All charges should be dropped! There’s hemp growing wild all around public, county, and state places and who are you going to arrest for it? Should our police chief be held responsible, our mayor, what about a senator? I’m sure if it was growing wild in my backyard I would be facing the same charges. Hemp or cannibis, it should be legal anyway. Everyone knows it. Why 10 years for a victimless crime? Pedophiles around here get a third of that time if any time at all. Our system is broke and The Wisdom Family should be free from all charges.
  • Jamie Drobik
    signed via 2020-08-05 19:47:22 -0500
  • Jana James
    signed 2020-08-05 19:47:18 -0500
  • Russell Brown
    signed 2020-08-05 19:44:10 -0500
  • Michelle Fowler
    signed 2020-08-05 19:43:03 -0500
  • Summer Hendrix
    signed 2020-08-05 19:42:02 -0500
  • Bethany Belt
    signed 2020-08-05 19:41:12 -0500
  • Ruby Vela
    signed 2020-08-05 19:40:58 -0500
  • Denola Duke
    signed 2020-08-05 19:38:33 -0500
    No one should be jailed for a PLANT!!
  • Billy Crum
    signed 2020-08-05 19:29:15 -0500