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A Second Look at Low-Level Marijuana Convictions May Be the Key to Opening Doors of an Inaccessible Industry

Kim Foxx, the state attorney for Cook County, Illinois, is taking a look at low-level cannabis convictions and preparing to vacate them. The motion, filed by Foxx in December , will help several thousand low-level offenders to move on with their lives. Low-level marijuana convictions are those involving an offender in possession of less than 30 grams of marijuana. These offenses are classified as Class 4 felonies, and will result in automatic expunction. The Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act , which takes effect on Jan. 1, allows individuals to legally possess up to 30 grams of marijuana. The efforts set in motion by Foxx involve Chief Judge Timothy Evans and Code for America, a nonprofit organization that works to positively impact the lives of Americans. According to Code for America, to expunge a record is to “ remove a significant barrier to work, education, and housing for people ,” which undoubtedly gives low-level offenders a second chance. Many of these offenders are Black and...

Dec 23, 2019