IL Gov. Pritzker pardons over 9,200 cannabis-related convictions

Illinois State Police expunges nearly 500k cannabis arrests

IL Gov. Pritzker pardons over 9,200 cannabis-related convictions
IL Gov. Pritzker pardons over 9,200 cannabis convictions (Source: Governor JB Pritzker/Facebook)

ILLINOIS (WFIE) - Thousands of people convicted of low-level marijuana charges statewide are starting the new year with clean records after Gov. J.B. Pritzker issued 9,219 pardons this week.

The Illinois State Police (ISP) expunged 492,129 cannabis-related arrests. The expungement process is part of a state law that legalized the licensed sales of marijuana, which began in 2020.

“Statewide, Illinoisans hold hundreds of thousands low-level cannabis-related records, a burden disproportionately shouldered by communities of color,” Gov. Pritzker said. “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. 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.”

By expunging these 492,129 arrest records, ISP completed its deadline for the automatic expungement process four years early.

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