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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  • Paul Winslow
    signed 2020-08-22 20:31:45 -0500
  • Courtney Straub
    signed 2020-08-22 18:08:43 -0500
    Drop the charges
  • Michael Boris
    signed 2020-08-22 17:50:23 -0500
  • Donna McCapes
    signed 2020-08-20 17:32:10 -0500
  • Ivan Grow
    signed 2020-08-19 21:50:57 -0500
  • Kelly Blankenship
    signed 2020-08-19 21:45:49 -0500
  • Loretta Nall
    signed 2020-08-17 09:42:18 -0500
  • Martha Loguercio
    signed 2020-08-17 09:23:17 -0500
  • Serena English
    signed 2020-08-16 23:09:18 -0500
  • Carole Watkins
    signed 2020-08-14 05:08:17 -0500
  • Nichelle Kocourek
    signed 2020-08-13 09:18:15 -0500
  • Nobia Kubby
    signed 2020-08-13 00:53:49 -0500
  • Caryn Rose
    signed 2020-08-12 13:01:18 -0500
  • Susan LaPratt
    signed 2020-08-12 10:17:10 -0500
    Cannabis cured my breast cancer. I believe incarceration is NOT the answer
  • Amber Ramos
    signed 2020-08-12 08:50:50 -0500
  • Michelle Ievoli
    signed 2020-08-11 22:52:09 -0500
  • Mike Wise
    signed 2020-08-11 15:54:03 -0500
  • Nathan Forbush
    signed 2020-08-11 13:59:21 -0500
  • Marysue Evabs
    signed 2020-08-11 12:32:35 -0500
  • terrence payne
    signed 2020-08-11 12:16:20 -0500
  • Louis Hubbard
    signed 2020-08-11 11:57:11 -0500
  • 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.