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700k Illinois Cannabis Records to Be Expunged – Many Automatically

In 2019, Illinois Governor J. B. Pritzker House signed several house bills that legalized the recreational use of marijuana and allowed the state to expunge certain individuals’ marijuana possession arrest and conviction records.

For now, we’re going to look at the ones that affected 20 ILCS 2630, the Criminal Identification Act, which concerns the expungement of arrest and conviction records. Some expungements were automatic.

So, how did that work?  What about the ones that weren’t automatic?  What does expunge mean, [...]

Is Marijuana Legal Yet in Illinois? What Does the Law Say?

The use of marijuana has been a controversial topic for decades.

Many have argued that the use of marijuana is a relatively harmless act and that criminalizing it is a waste of law-enforcement resources. On the other hand, even a small possession charge held severe consequences in most states. That is, until relatively recently.

Now, more and more states are beginning to review their current drug legislation and adjust policies so that they reflect modern attitudes. Illinois is one of [...]

Illinois Trying to Decriminalize Marijuana Possession… Again

 

Illinois is trying once again to follow other states in decriminalizing marijuana possession, but we are up against strong resistance from anti-marijuana advocates and law enforcement.

 

Many states are rethinking their stand on marijuana. Four states – Colorado, Washington, Alaska, and Oregon – have legalized marijuana for recreational use. Numerous states, including Illinois’ 4-year pilot program, have medical marijuana. And 15 states – including Illinois – are proposing decriminalization bills for marijuana possession.

 

Last year, Republican Governor [...]

New Law Would Allow Medical Marijuana Use for Veterans

When it comes to medical care, few people would argue that war veterans deserve nothing but the very best that our country has to offer. For all that they have done for our country and for all they have been through, wounded veterans should be receiving only the best, most effective, and least harmful treatment.

But what if that treatment is weed?

According to a new bill that has been introduced in the House, medical marijuana has the ability to [...]

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Pushes for Marijuana Decriminalization

The harsh penalties for possession of marijuana in Illinois have recently come under fire for a number of reasons. Many believe that charging individuals for misdemeanor marijuana possession, which is the leading arrest category in Chicago, is a waste of police time and tax dollars. Across the country, attitudes towards marijuana are shifting in favor of decriminalization or, in the cases of Colorado and Washington, legalization. Amidst these changing attitudes and the controversy over disproportionate drug crime sentencing, Chicago mayor [...]

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Chicago Just Had Its Most Violent Day in 60 Years

Murder | Violent Crimes

Chicago sees its fair share of violence and crime, but over a weekend at the end of May, violence saw a new high.

According to the University of Chicago Crime Lab, May 31, 2020, was the most violent day Chicago has seen since it started collecting data in 1961. Eighteen people were killed in one day, and 25 were killed in total before the weekend was over.

Murder is a crime that carries with it severe penalties, but being charged [...]

Could Protests Lead to Real Criminal Justice Changes in Chicago?

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Protests that are moving across America are meant to highlight racism in the United States and how it plays out in numerous ways in our society each day. In doing this, these protests are also highlighting the myriad ways that the criminal justice system in this country must be reformed… and starting to make those reforms a reality.

Here are just a few of the criminal justice reforms that activists are working on to help ensure all Americans are free [...]

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