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Cook County starts expunging pot convictions

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CHICAGO — Cook County Prosecutor Kim Foxx has started expunging more than 1,000 cannabis convictions.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported that Foxx stood before the circuit court’s chief judge and called for the vacation and expungement of 1,012 low-level, nonviolent convictions for possession of less than an ounce.

She told the newspaper that those granted relief would be notified by mail.

Recreational cannabis is legal on the first of the year. Part of the legislation that legalized it also included expungement of low-level convictions.

“As a prosecutor who has previously prosecuted these cases, we must own our role in the harm we have caused, particularly to communities of color and we must actively work to play our part in reversing those harms,” Foxx said.

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker, who was present at the hearing, said, “Illinois now has the most forward-thinking and equitable approach to cannabis legalization in the entire nation.”

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