Pritzker to pardon thousands over minor marijuana convictions

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WTVO) — Illinois State lawmakers are taking steps to clear the records of people convicted of low-level marijuana offenses.

In just a few weeks, recreational marijuana sales will become legal in the state.

On Wednesday, Gov. J.B. Pritzker met with Cook County’s State’s Attorney to file the first motions to expunge criminal records.

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

“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,” Pritzker said.

Other State’s Attorneys can file to vacate convictions for possession of up to 500 grams.

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