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Illinois recreational marijuana plan to lead to more record expungements

ROCKFORD, Ill. – A plan to legalize recreational marijuana in Illinois will also allow those with low-level marijuana convictions to have their records expunged.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker has said he will sign the proposal that will make Illinois the 11th state, along with the District of Columbia, to permit recreational marijuana use.

The Rockford Register Star reports state Sen. Heather Steans, a Chicago Democrat, said there are as many as 770,000 records on file in Illinois to be expunged.

People who were convicted for possession of under 30 grams of marijuana will be identified by state police and their records referred for a pardon and expungement. Those with conviction of 30 to 500 grams can seek petitions themselves.

Once signed, the law would go into effect next year.

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