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CrimeIllinois set to expunge nearly 800,000 marijuana convictions

15:45  30 june  2019
15:45  30 june  2019 Source:   thehill.com

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Illinois is expunging marijuana convictions from nearly 800 , 000 criminal records. In addition to legalizing marijuana , the 610-page bill offers relief to the roughly 770, 000 residents of the state with marijuana -related offenses on their criminal records, according to the Marijuana Policy Project.

Illinois became the 11th state to allow marijuana for recreational use on Tuesday when governor J. B. Pritzker signed legislation The Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act, which will come into effect in 2020, will also have the criminal records of 770, 000 Illinois residents with marijuana -related offenses for up

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Illinois is reportedly set to expunge nearly 800,000 marijuana convictions from criminal records.

The move will come in response to a landmark measure Illinois Gov. J. B. Pritzker (D) signed last week that will make recreational marijuana legal starting in 2020.

The Marijuana Policy Project said that the expansive legislation will allow 770,000 state residents to be eligible for expunging marijuana related offenses.

The bill, known as the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act, permits the state to automatically grant clemency to residents who were convicted for possessing up to 30 grams of cannabis.

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While becoming the 11th state to legalize marijuana , Illinois is at the forefront in terms of state-wide implementation of the process which covers consumers, state According to the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act, which will go into effect in 2020, is expunging the records of some 770, 000 people who

The Marijuana Policy Project said that the expansive legislation will allow 770, 000 state residents to be eligible for expunging marijuana related offenses. The measure also creates a “social equity program” designed to help people with marijuana convictions get business licenses.

A person can petition a court to get charges rescinded if they were convicted with between 30 and 500 grams of cannabis.

According to the bill, officials will "physically destroy the records or return them to the petitioner and to obliterate the petitioner's name from any official index or public record, or both," CNN noted.

In addition to expunging criminal offenses, the measure also creates a "social equity program" designed to help people with marijuana convictions get business licenses. The Marijuana Policy Project added that the bill also will provide $12 million to startup businesses focused on cannabis distribution.

Pritzker said last week that he signed the most "equity-centric cannabis" bill in the nation. Illinois is set to become the 11th state to legalize recreational marijuana.

The legislation will allow licensed growth, sales, possession and consumption of cannabis for adults 21 and over.

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