Illinois Governor Pardons Over 11,000 People For Marijuana One Day Before Legal Sales Begin

Illinois Governor Pardons Over 11,000 People For Marijuana One Day Before Legal Sales Begin

One day before legal recreational marijuana sales launch in Illinois, the governor announced that his office is clearing the records of more than 11,000 people who have previously been convicted of simple cannabis possession. Gov. J. B. Pritzker (D) said the move “sets us apart” from other states that have legalized marijuana for adult-use and that “Illinois is putting equity first, clearing thousands of convictions and giving individuals & their families a new lease on life.” These 11,017 misdemeanor convictions represent individuals who have carried around with them a stain on their records for possessing less than 30 grams of cannabis – a stain that has very often prevented them from obtaining housing or jobs or benefits. — Governor JB Pritzker (@GovPritzker) December 31, 2019 A total of 11,017 people will be receive pardons for possession offenses of up to 30 grams. The governor’s office said that there are 116,000 records that are eligible for expungement through this process, with hundreds of thousands of others that may qualify for relief by petitioning the courts. Here in Illinois, we’re not just looking back and correcting the wrongs of our past – we’re facing our future, determined to do better – for…

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