Our mission

We want communities to see the human cost of cannabis prohibition through the testimony of those affected by the War on Drugs.

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Cruel Consequences: Portraits of Misguided Law is a 501c3 nonprofit cannabis social justice portrait collection founded in Virginia in 2018 by photographer and medical cannabis patient, Tamara Netzel. She created a growing portrait exhibit of people criminalized for cannabis and invites others to take a closer look at how decades of propaganda influenced perceptions led to stigma influenced policies denying Americans life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Cruel Consequences has held discussions at community events, college classes, and events like the Virginia Attorney General’s Cannabis Summit in December 2019, the 2019 NORML Conference in D.C. and the 2020 Virginia NORML Conference. 

During the pandemic, Cruel Consequences Exhibits has been fortunate to have the ability to continue to display our portrait collection in cannabis dispensaries thanks to donations from dispensary owners. Our exhibits are now in 5 dispensaries! Dispensary owners have told us it has made a difference to their customers to see they support ending the human cost of marijuana criminalization.

Stop the Human Cost and Lifetime Consequences of Marijuana Prohibition.

Featured Portraits and Stories

“I was sitting there in handcuffs on the side of the road while my father’s medicine lay on the hood of the car.”

Brooke wanted to help ease his father’s pain from bladder cancer but was arrested when law enforcement pulled him over for a traffic infraction and searched his car. 

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Joe suffered for years from the collateral consequences of a possession charge at age 19. He struggled to get employment because of propaganda and stigma influenced policies preventing applicants who have a drug charge on their record. Joe passed away at age 43 from cancer. His state of Virginia has passed medical cannabis and social justice legislation since his passing that he never got to see.

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Our mission

We want communities to see the human cost of cannabis prohibition through the testimony of those affected by the War on Drugs.

874A7737-2F88-4286-81BF-3B329E1C3B3B

Cruel Consequences: Portraits of Misguided Law is a 501c3 nonprofit cannabis social justice portrait collection founded in Virginia in 2018 by photographer and medical cannabis patient, Tamara Netzel. She created a growing portrait exhibit of people criminalized for cannabis and invites others to take a closer look at how decades of propaganda influenced perceptions led to stigma influenced policies denying Americans life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Cruel Consequences has held discussions at community events, college classes, and events like the Virginia Attorney General’s Cannabis Summit in December 2019, the 2019 NORML Conference in D.C. and the 2020 Virginia NORML Conference. 

During the pandemic, Cruel Consequences Exhibits has been fortunate to have the ability to continue to display our portrait collection in cannabis dispensaries thanks to donations from dispensary owners. Our exhibits are now in 5 dispensaries! Dispensary owners have told us it has made a difference to their customers to see they support ending the human cost of marijuana criminalization.

Stop the Human Cost and Lifetime Consequences of Marijuana Prohibition.

Featured Portraits and Stories

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