The motions were filed by Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx, which re being dubbed as the first step in a plan to expunge convictions for possession of less than 30 grams of marijuana, then permanently remove them from criminal records. The move comes just days before marijuana becomes legal in Illinois on January 1. Foxx presented the first of the petitions to Chief Judge Timothy Evans in a court on the Chicago’s Southwest Side, notes the AP. Evans granted the request to expunge the convictions from court records.
The people whose cases 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 is running for re-election against a crowded field of candidates.