Expunging Illinois Cannabis Convictions From Criminal Record
Assistance to expunge convictions for marijuana from your Illinois criminal record.
If you are looking for positive news for Illinois in 2020, you can look at a very unlikely place. I'm talking about weed. For a long time, the subject was taboo but now it's a good thing. Our state legalized recreational pot as of January 1st, 2020. Since then, the cannabis business has been booming. Making millions of dollars for businesses and the government. Also, it's put this very popular product in the open market as opposed to the underground criminal world.
There is another piece to this new law. In the past, thousands of people in Illinois have been charged with marijuana crimes. Since the rules have now officially been changed, it's time to clear some of those residents' names.
Of course, it's not something easy that you can just do yourself. Some legal assistance is needed. There is an organization out there called New Leaf, a state-funded program, is readying to give a helping hand.
According to mystateline.com,
"Under the law, people with low-level marijuana convictions can have their records expunged and state officials estimate hundreds of thousands of people are eligible. Backers say it’s a critical step in undoing the damage done by a half-century of the war on drugs, which has particularly affected minorities, who were likely to be arrested and prosecuted for marijuana offenses. The help is available statewide to “make sure that there was going to be that same level of advocacy for people statewide to be able to be freed of the collateral consequences of cannabis convictions."
If this is something you're interested in pursuing, check out more info about New Leaf, HERE.
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