With more than 492,000 arrests cleared from the records kept by the Illinois State Police (ISP), the state is well ahead of the five-year schedule for expungement laid out in the guiding legislation that legalized recreational cannabis use in Illinois. ISP officials and Gov. JB Pritzker released the figures on the anniversary of implementation of Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act (CRTA), which came into force on Jan. 1, 2020 and permits residents and non-residents alike to possess and consume the drug.
Pritzker issued pardons for further 9,000 low-level convictions in time with the announcement, raising the total to more than 20,000 since he signed the 2019 CRTA. The legislation sets targets for the removal of non-felonious arrests from ISP records and set a statutory deadline of Jan. 1, 2025 for completion of those automatic expungements. At a press conference in Chicago, Pritzker and Brendan Kelly, the ISPs top cop, reaffirmed their commitment to ensuring the CRTA does as intended and benefits communities hard hit by the aggressive policing of marijuana laws. Some $25 million in grants under the Restore, Reinvest and Renew Program that distributes taxes applied to the sale of pot to recreational users is destined for distribution in 2021.
If you have been charged with a crime in DuPage County, in Cook County or elsewhere in the state of Illinois, the expungement and sealing lawyer at The Chicagoland Law Firm can help clear your record and your name. This includes not only cannabis crime, but misdemeanor charges covered under a range of offenses. To learn more about whether your record might be eligible for expungement and sealing, contact our offices in Downers Grove and downtown Chicago. This consultation is free. Should you retain us, it may be the first step to removing your criminal history from state records and prying eyes.