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The VOWD (Victims of the War on Drugs) Project is a non-profit organization "VOWD" to improve the lives of those victimized by cannabis prohibition.

What we do

VOWD works to close the gap between the insidious impacts on the War on Drugs and the vast opportunities to be had in the burgeoning cannabis industry.

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Our Mission

Our mission is to right the wrongs of cannabis prohibition. We fight to make drug war victims whole through expungement and decarceration. We promote comprehensive cannabis legislation reform that makes space in the cannabis industry for all, including by codifying home grow provisions.

The Facts


Illinois has the third-highest racial disparity in marijuana possession arrests. 


African Americans are 7.5 times more likely to be arrested than white people in Illinois.


According to the ACLU's original analysis, marijuana arrests now account for over half of all drug arrests in the United States

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