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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https://atlantablackstar.com/2019/06/26/recreational-marijuana-use-approved-in-illinois-criminal-records-to

JUDGE OLU STEVENS COULD BE RECUSED FOR CALLING OUT RACIAL BIAS IN JURY SELECTION!

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BY: LEON KWASI KUNTUO-ASARE

Olu Stevens a Louisville, Kentucky Judge could be removed from all criminal cases for calling out racial bias in the jury selection process.

The top prosecutor in Louisville, the Commonwealth Attorney Tom Wine asked Kentucky Chief Justice John D. Minton Jr. this week to recuse the judge from all criminal cases, because of the judge’s comments on Facebook criticizing the racially bias practices of the prosecutor’s office.

On friday about a hundred came out to give their support to the Jefferson Circuit Court Judge Olu Stevens, this past friday evening.

His supporters included 35 businesses, civil rights groups and neighborhood organizations. They held signs saying:

“Stop Jim Crow practices in jury selections ” and ” Don’t remove judge Olu.”

Judge Olu Stevens is only one of a meager amount of African-American Judges in Jefferson County.

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(Raymonda Stevens pictured with her husband )

The wife of Judge Olu , Raymonda Stevens stated:

“It is about justice, it is about equality, it is about inclusion!”

A spokesman in Wine’s office refused to comment on the situation.

Wine’s office said they expect to receive Chief Justice Minton’s decision on the future of judge Olu Stevens in the coming week.

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http://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/local/2015/11/20/rally-planned-support-judge-olu-stevens/76102922/