Adela has always been opinionated and verbally active. Adela began using Cannabis at a young age. She was diagnosed with hyperthyroid and graves disease. She used Cannabis for treatment pursuant to a doctor’s recommendation. Amazed at the healing power of the plant, while bewildered with archaic prohibitionist laws, Adela started getting involved in the movement to help educate the public on the ill effects of prohibition, while also lobbying for safe access for medical patients.
Adela opened Wisdom Organics, a Cannabis collective pursuant to California law, and became the managing member. It was 1 of 8 licenses for dispensing Cannabis in San Diego.
She became involved in the political scene with the San Diego Medical Marijuana Task Force and has spent years lobbying for safe access, and was instrumental in getting San Diego’s first medical marijuana ordinance passed. She has spoken at diverse settings including Seattle Hempfest, San Francisco Hempcon, and Emerald Cup December, Missouri Legislature Missouri Chapter of NORML, Missouri Show Me Cannabis, City Council meetings in San Diego, Lemon Grove, and Santee, and has attended several other governmental cannabis related events as a participant.
Adela who is street smart and educated was stopped dead in her activist tracks when she discovered that there are people in the United States serving life sentences for pot. This prompted a jump from Cannabis Activism to a life’s work of bringing justice to those incarcerated for Cannabis.
Adela’s major focus is now on managing POW420, whose tagline is “No-one belongs in jail for a plant”. POW420 focuses on those who have been arrested or incarcerated for cannabis,, produces the Prohibition Times newsletter for Cannabis prisoners, conducts letter writing campaigns, gathering statistics and information, putting faces and stories the statistics, and supporting men and women in prison for the plant, educating the public about unjust cannabis laws, about the myriad of conflicted laws and their application, such as “dry” or “ghost” cases (meaning that there is a charge where there is no physical evidence of cannabis) and showing the errors in our judicial system, documenting prisoners’ stories, bringing to light what is normally behind locked doors and sealed walls, feature ‘people who care’ pen-pals connecting pot prisoners with other activist, monthly Birthday writing drive to help encourage others to write to those unjustly incarcerated for cannabis, interviews prisoners, sharing their story with the public in print and video, created Sponsor a POW420 where pot prisoners fill out sheets and submit back with their needs and requests, for someone in the public to help provide, feature Items Made by a Marijuana Prisoner that are available for a donation, and scan every letter received from pot prisoners and upload them to Words from a pot prisoner linked to their website pages.
Adela also continues to organize and participate in court support – she has sat in over 30 Cannabis cases in a variety of states including federal cases, speak or be a panelist at many Cannabis events and rallies, write cannabis prisoner columns for a variety of magazines, and be the first Weed Women USA.