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How to Clear Old Pot Convictions

City Cast Chicago - May 20, 2021

Recreational cannabis was legalized in Illinois two years ago. But equity is still a big problem. Gov. Pritzker promised licenses for — and revenue from — recreational pot would go to Black and brown neighborhoods disproportionately affected by drug-related offenses and convictions. But the majority of licenses are currently held

BEST 420 CELEBRATIONS IN CHICAGO: DEALS, EVENTS & MORE

DO312 - April 20, 2021

Let’s face it, every day is 420 for you but during April you get a little bit more excited and you get the good stuff to get high with your buds. Outdoing yourself from last year is always a must and we’ve got the perfect ways to help you do so.

Continuing marijuana expungement efforts in Illinois

WGN Radio 720 - April 20, 2021

Beth Johnson of the Illinois Equal Justice Foundation & New Leaf Illinois joins Steve Bertrand on Chicago’s Afternoon News to explain how people can still remove low-level marijuana arrests or convictions from their records if they haven’t done so. Click here to listen to story

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