Veterans of the War on Drugs
The goal of VOWD (Veterans of the War on Drugs) programs and services is to make released prisoners more impactful in their communities. We are a membership & donation-driven nonprofit corporation with 501(c)(3) status.
Our mission is to provide leadership, education, and advocacy to enhance the ability of prisoners and former prisoners to serve their communities. Secondly, VOWD members educate the public regarding the severe sentences, including sentences of life with no parole, men and women are currently serving in American federal prisons despite the fact that Cannabis (marijuana) is legal in most states. This creates a heavy burden upon American taxpayers for no reason and is plainly wrong. VOWD will carry out our mission by accepting membership fees and donations in order to provide educational programs, services, and resources to strengthen the management of former prisoners reentering their communities; By serving as a voice for those who cannot speak on public policy issues regarding marijuana; By leading, through research, education and information sharing, to increase participation in the reentry process. All assets are permanently dedicated to these purposes.
WE URGE OUR FOLLOWERS TO SUPPORT OUR MILITARY VETERANS - ESPECIALLY THOSE ORGANIZATIONS WHO ARE WORKING TO HELP VETERANS RECEIVE CANNABIS WHO WANT & NEED IT. WE KNOW OF ONE SUCH ORG AND IT IS CALLED: VETERAN'S ALLIANCE FOR HOLISTIC ALTERNATIVES. WE CAME TO THEM THROUGH SIGNAL FIRE MEDIA, WHICH CAN BE HEARD ON SIGNAL FIRE RADIO, PODCASTS THAT ARE EXTREMELY INFORMATIVE. THESE ARE A GROUP OF REALLY COOL DUDES AND MILITARY VET'S THEMSELVES. VERY DEDICATED AND REAL. KEEP ON KEEPING ON, ALWAYS pfree
Paul Free, President of VOWD, spent 25 years in federal prison for possession of cannabis.
He was released in October of 2019.
He has this to say:
“We have seen some successes; however, there are still many men and women serving lengthy sentences for cannabis and there is much we can do to help them get out and to help those recently released to rejoin their communities and be productive citizens. The first thing I did when released was to buy an old car and drive it to Washington D.C.
I visited the office of every member of Congress, both houses, and urged them to release all pot prisoners and remove cannabis from the list of Controlled Substances. I left them with a flyer. I let them think I was a voter from their district. All I got from most was a phony smile and a “Come on in… Have a piece of Halloween candy.” Oh, they all assured me they were “very interested” in this issue and would do what they could. Many told me I would be surprised how many phone calls they get every day urging the same. Now it appears obvious it was all a bunch of hogwash. No surprise there I guess. So, the wheels of “justice” (what a concept) turn slowly. And now we move on because we cannot give up until all our brothers and sisters are free.
Our job is to raise awareness about the harm done through incarceration for possession and use of cannabis and to do all we can to help those recently released become productive citizens.
Please visit lifeforpot.com; The Last Prisoner Project.org; FreedomGrow.org; The Can-Do Foundation; and stay tuned here for more.”