The motions were filed by Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx, which re being dubbed as the initial step in a strategy to expunge convictions for possession of less than 30 g of marijuana, then permanently eliminate them from criminal records. The move comes only days prior to marijuana becomes legal in Illinois on January 1. Foxx introduced the very first of this petitions to Chief Judge Timothy Evans at a courtroom about the Chicago’s Southwest Side, notes that the AP. Evans allowed the petition to expunge the exemptions out of court documents.
Individuals whose instances are being expunged include “those who were convicted of misdemeanors, or Class 4 felonies, the lowest category of felony in Illinois. Anyone convicted of possessing more than 30 grams must apply individually if they want to have their records expunged.”
“Clearing records is not only a critical part of righting the wrongs of the failed war on drugs, but an intentional step to give people the chance to move forward, which benefits all of our communities,” said Foxx, who’s running for re-election from a crowded field of candidates.