Illinois takes first step to expunge marijuana convictions

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ILLINOIS (WCIA) – In less than a month, recreational marijuana will be legalized. Wednesday, the state took the first steps in clearing the records of those charges relating to pot.

Governor JB Pritzker met with Cook County state’s attorney today to file the first motions for expungements.

All convictions for possession of up to 30 grams will be pardoned by the governor himself.

“Statewide, hundreds of thousands of Illinoisans are held back by their low-level cannabis-related records, a burden disproportionately shouldered by communities of color, and hundreds of thousands of others have had to watch their loved ones struggle,” said Pritzker.

The official process for other counties across the state will start at the beginning of the new year.

State’s attorneys can file to vacate convictions for possession of up to 500 grams if they want to.

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(This story was originally published on December 11, 2019)

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