2021: Illinois Gov. Expunged Nearly 500,000 Marijuana Convictions
As 2021 begins, a new age has dawned on the lives of almost half a million Americans in Illinois! Imagine being locked up in prison or denied a job because you had a marijuana conviction, while outside the cells, the state is collection millions upon millions in sales taxes from the sale of legal cannabis? Not cool, nor kind, nor just.
When Illinois passed their recent cannabis reforms, the law required arrest records created between 2013-2019 be expunged by January, 1st, 2021. This week, Illinois Gov. (D) J.B. Pritzker announced the forgiveness and expungement of 492,129 records.
As medical cannabis professionals, doctors, advocates, and pharmacists, we applaud this action and will continue to work with our elected officials to bring equality and justice for our fellow Americans still imprisoned for cannabis possessions.
In the common law legal system, an expungement proceeding is a type of lawsuit in which a first time offender of a prior criminal conviction seeks that the records of that earlier process be sealed, making the records unavailable through the state or Federal repositories. Wikipedia