UPDATE: Released July
28, 2003 after more than 11 years behind
Photo: James (right) posed with his mother and his
now-deceased brother E.C. (left).
sentenced to 150 years, reduced to 90
charged with cultivation and possession of five
In 1992, James Geddes was walking along a street with a
friend when he got arrested. The police got a search warrant
and went to the home rented by his friend. They found a
small amount of marijuana, paraphernalia for smoking
marijuana, and five plants growing in their vegetable
There was no evidence that James lived at this house,
although he was a frequent visitor. He refused to plea
bargain as he claimed his innocence and was sentenced to
75 years and one day for cultivation of five plants and to
another 75 years, plus one day for possession of marijuana.
He was also charged with possession of a firearm and
paraphernalia. James filed an appeal on his sentence. In
1995, his appeal came through, which reduced it to 90
"I honestly feel like I have been kidnapped by the state
of Oklahoma. I have never murdered anyone, raped anyone, or
hurt any children. People feel they have the right to choose
their sexual preference. If they want to end a life by
abortion, if they want to inject nicotine into their lungs,
if they want to drug themselves with alcohol, but because I
choose to smoke a little marijuana, I have to go to prison
for years, maybe the rest of my life....
"How can it be that the President, his wife, the Vice
President and his wife, the mayor of Washington DC, even the
Speaker of the House can do these things, but I must pay
Good News! James has
received an early release!
Thanks to all the letters and hard work that showed
community support for his case, along with his own hard work
and that of his attorneys, James has been given a parole
date in the Summer of 2003. This is a huge step. He's going
to need more help and support when he gets out, and he may
even have to spend another year behind bars for a pack of
cigarette rolling papers.
James would appreciate a letter of support and
welcome from you.
James F. Geddes PO Box 1000, Meade KS 67864
Letter from James Geddes, December 2002:
Merry Christmas. I hope this card finds you in good
health and in the best of spirits. As you can see, I have
been moved to another facility. I am doing fine, just
waiting for my departure from here next August 2, 2003. God
is great, isn't he? Thanks for everything. I look forward to
our inevitable meeting someday on the outside.
PS: I am still working on the year in Texas Conty for
rolling papers. No response from them yet.
-- James Geddes, 12/8/02.
Letter from James Geddes, May 2001:
The very first thing I'd like to do is express my heart
felt thanks for the opportunity to speak with you from the
confines of this medium-security facility here in Oklahoma.
July 23rd will be 9 calendar years that this state has
received as partial payment on the 45 years and 1 day
modification of a 75 year and 1 day sentence for cultivating
5 marijuana plants.
It's possible that this October when I once again have
the privilege to try and parole to my NEXT consecutive 45
year sentence-modified again from 75 years-for possession of
marijuana, things will be better. Am I bitter? You're damn
right I am. As a matter of fact, I'm extremely bitter. If
there is any way you can use me as a catalyst to help with
your crusade, by all means let me know what it is. I'll be
here because they have me stuck like Chuck.
My mother, father and brothers Orville, E.C., and Roy,
all back home in Kansas, thank you, as do I.
-- James F. Geddes
Letter from James Geddes, December, 2000:
Keep running the photo of me on the website that includes
my brother and my mother. The reason I am asking this is
because my brother E.C. passed away in May of this year
(2000). He did not make it a year after they found the
cancer that had invaded his body and consumed him. Me and my
family miss him dearly. As far as any actions concerning my
case, I have attempted several things. I have petitioned the
Embasy of the Netherlands twice recently, asking for
political asylun. I have received no response as of this
-- James Geddes, 12/8/02.