Illinois Expunges Nearly 500,000 Cannabis Arrest Records

Illinois Expunges Nearly 500,000 Cannabis Arrest Records

“We can govern with the courage to admit the mistakes of our past — and the decency to set a better path forward,” Gov. J.B. Pritzker said. By Ryan Grenoble

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) closed out 2020 by expunging nearly 500,000 non-felony cannabis-related records, an action mandated by Illinois’ marijuana legalization law that went into effect a year ago.

As part of the action, the governor also pardoned 9,219 low-level cannabis conviction records, part of the state’s efforts to repair the damage inflicted by the war on drugs ― primarily on residents of color.

“We will never be able to fully remedy the depth of the damage in communities of color, who have disproportionately shouldered this burden,” Pritzker said Thursday in a statement announcing the expungements. “But we can govern with the courage to admit the mistakes of our past — and the decency to set a better path forward.”

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