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     January 7, 2020      #91-7 KDJ

Illinois' pot law takes expungement a step

By Jeff Bonty

For decades, getting caught with a small amount of marijuana could put Illinois residents in jail for up to six months and perhaps worse. The criminal record would follow them for the rest of their lives.

But Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s signing of a law legalizing recreational cannabis included a provision for nearly 800,000 people caught in that snare.

Lawmakers who drafted the measure making Illinois the 11th state to legalize marijuana emphasized repairing what they say is the damage done by a half-century of the war on drugs. They say it particularly ...

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Jeff Bonty