THE STATE OF ILLINOIS LEGALIZES RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA USE AND SEEKS TO EXPUNGE MANY PAST CONVICTIONS
By: Leon Kwasi Kuntuo-Asare
The state of Illinois just legalized the recreational use of marijuana in the state. Politicians claim that the law will also expunge the records of those convicted of marijuana use in the past.
The Atlanta Black Star reported:
“Democratic Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Tuesday signed into law the legal use of cannabis for recreational purposes by adults. That makes Illinois the 11th one in the country to approve smoking or consuming weed for fun in a history-making feat.”
Under the new law residents will be allowed to possess 30 grams of flower cannabis, while non-residents will be able to legally possess 15 grams.
A 2013 report from the American Civil Liberties Union discovered
That eventhough Black people only represented about 15% of the population they were about 58%
USA Today reports that the up to 34.74 percent taxes imposed on cannabis products would finance the expungement of about 770,000 low-level marijuana convictions.
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