In less than a month, millions of Illinois adults will be able to buy marijuana legally for the first time. But before that, the state is doing right by those who got busted in the previous era.
Kim Foxx, the state’s attorney for Cook County, Illinois (where Chicago is the county seat), went to court on Wednesday to file a motion calling for the expungement of a little more than 1,000 low-level and non-violent convictions for possession of less than an ounce of pot.
“As a prosecutor who has previously prosecuted these cases, we must own our role in the harm we have caused, particularly to communities of color and we must actively work to play our part in reversing those harms,” Foxx said, as quoted by the Chicago Sun-Times.
The Sun-Times reported that Wednesday’s hearing at Leighton Criminal Court Building in Chicago drew a crowd of activists and lawmakers, including Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker.
An Ongoing Effort
In June, Pritzker signed a bill making Illinois the 11th state to legalize marijuana for recreational use and expunge the records of 800,000 residents in the state who were previously convicted of petty, non-violent cannabis possession.
“Today Illinois is demonstrating everything that