Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced the state expunged nearly half a million non-felony marijuana-related arrest records just before the new year. The governor also announced thousands of low-level cannabis convictions were pardoned.
“Statewide, Illinoisans hold hundreds of thousands low-level cannabis-related records, a burden disproportionately shouldered by communities of color,” Pritzker said in a statement.“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 past — and the decency to set a better path forward.”
Back in May 2019, Pritzker signed the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act, which mandates 47,000 cannabis-related arrest records between 2013 and 2019 be expunged by the new year 2021. Needless to say, with the expungement of all 492,192 cannabis arrest records on New Year’s Eve, the state met its quota for the automatic expungement process four years early.