Illinois is reportedly set to expunge nearly 800,000 marijuana convictions from criminal records.
The move will come in response to a landmark measure Illinois Gov. J. B. Pritzker (D) signed last week that will make recreational marijuana legal starting in 2020.
The Marijuana Policy Project said that the expansive legislation will allow 770,000 state residents to be eligible for expunging marijuana related offenses. The measure also creates a “social equity program” designed to help people with marijuana convictions get business licenses. The Marijuana Policy Project added that the bill also will provide $12 million to startup businesses focused on cannabis distribution.
Read more at The Hill.