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Op Ed: Illinoisans can turn new leaf on cannabis past

Chicago Citizen - March 17, 2021

Taking the first step to improve one’s potential in life is often the hardest. But with New Leaf Illinois, the first step is easy. Anyone with a cannabis conviction should go to newleafillinois.org. Here, they will find a simple form to fill out. All information provided is covered under the attorney-client privilege and is entirely confidential. After a legal aid professional reviews the case, the applicant will be contacted about next steps.

State-funded program helps people expunge marijuana convictions

The Center Square - January 4, 2021

(The Center Square) – Using a $1.6 million appropriation from the state, the Illinois Equal Justice Foundation recently created New Leaf Illinois, an initiative to help individuals get criminal records related to marijuana expunged. By applying on New Leaf Illinois’ website, individuals can be connected with legal aid from 20

Pritzker issues marijuana pardons, State Police clear eligible arrest records

Capitol News Illinois - January 4, 2021

SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker issued 9,219 pardons for low-level marijuana convictions on Thursday, New Year’s Eve, while announcing the Illinois State Police had expunged all eligible records at the state level for marijuana related arrests. Since the passage of the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act in 2019, Pritzker has

New Programs Helps Those with Cannabis Convictions

Alton Daily News - January 4, 2021

Using a $1.6 million appropriation from the state, the Illinois Equal Justice Foundation recently created New Leaf Illinois, an initiative to help individuals get criminal records related to marijuana expunged. By applying on New Leaf Illinois’ website, individuals can be connected with legal aid from 20 non-profit organizations to help

Legalization of Marijuana

News 25 ABC - December 31, 2020

Brandon Williams says he’s hopeful those hearings will resume in January. He's a supervising attorney with cabrini green legal aid which is part of New Leaf Illinois, a network of nonprofits working to help people get their cannabis records cleared. View Story

State Officials: Nearly 500,000 Marijuana Arrest Records Have Been Expunged

WTTW - December 31, 2020

Illinois is making headway on clearing the criminal records of those convicted of possessing small amounts of marijuana – the type of activity that that is no longer a crime. In the first year since Illinois legalized recreational marijuana, the Illinois State Police expunged 492,192 non-felony cannabis arrest records, Gov.

Legalized Weed 1 Year Later

WGN - December 30, 2020

Brandon Williams says he’s hopeful those hearings will resume in January. He's a supervising attorney with cabrini green legal aid which is part of New Leaf Illinois, a network of nonprofits working to help people get their cannabis records cleared. View Story  

Chicago Tonight

PBS-WQPT - December 30, 2020

Complicated, right? That’s where a project called New Leaf Illinois comes in. Using proceeds from the legalization of marijuana, Illinois is funding an effort that gets people access to attorneys to help with the expungement process. Brandon Williams says it's important because having a criminal record can hurt someone's chances