On Dec. 31, 2020, Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker introduced 492,129 non-felony cannabis-related arrest records have been expunged on the state degree by the Illinois State Police.
The announcement occurred 4 years prematurely of the deadline set within the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act (CRTA), which Pritzker signed into regulation in 2019. Additionally, the governor issued pardons for 9,219 low-degree cannabis conviction records, for a complete of greater than 20,000 cannabis convictions now pardoned because the signing of the laws.
“Statewide, Illinoisans hold hundreds of thousands low-level cannabis-related records, a burden disproportionately shouldered by communities of color,” mentioned Pritzker. “We will never be able to fully remedy the depth of that damage. But we can govern with the courage to admit the mistakes of our pastand the decency to set a better path forward. I applaud the Prisoner Review Board, the Illinois State Police, and our partners across the state for their extraordinary efforts that allowed these pardons and expungements to become a reality.”