PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) — The Illinois Equal Justice Foundation is helping people wipe marijuana convictions clean. The organization Thursday announced the launch of New Leaf Illinois. It’s an alliance of 20 organizations across the state committed to providing free legal and advisory services to people who’ve been arrested or convicted of marijuana violations. Rep. Kelly Cassidy (D)-IL says in Illinois alone there are nearly 800,000 criminal records related to marijuana. Foundation members explained one component of the legalization of recreational marijuana use is to recognize and rectify the damage caused by the war on drugs, especially how it disproportionately impacts communities of color and the economically disenfranchised.

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