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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

A Look at Illinois’ Marijuana Expungement Efforts

WTTW - December 29, 2020

In some ways, the legalization of recreational marijuana in Illinois at the start of 2020 was like a light switching off: suddenly, possessing or using pot was legal. But the law did other things, too. As Beth Johnson, an attorney with the Illinois Equal Justice Foundation, puts it: “The legislation

Pot legalization was to bring expungements to many with records in Illinois. Numbers so far are low, but more are expected to be on the way.

Chicago Tribune - December 28, 2020

Marijuana legalization in Illinois came with grand plans for wiping clean many criminal records involving cannabis. That aspect of the law was so important that on the eve of legalization on Jan. 1, 2020, Gov. J.B. Pritzker pardoned more than 11,000 people of low-level marijuana convictions. Yet more than 700,000