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In a Historical Move, As Illinois Legalizes Weed, They're Erasing 800,000 Marijuana Convictions

• By Matt Agorist

Starting with Colorado and Washington in 2012, the government's immoral, violent, and destructive war on marijuana began to come to a grinding halt. Although measures for medical marijuana were enacted long before this, complete legalization paved the way for a revolution.

Sadly, however, despite this revolution, millions of people whose lives were ruined from weed arrests, were still carrying around these convictions on their permanent records, drastically stifling their career and home buying opportunities. Once those within the system began to realize this, measures were taken to help these folks clean up their records. However, this was a slow and grueling process—until now.

On June 25, 2019, Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed HB 1438 into law which ends cannabis prohibition and replaces it with a system to tax and regulate cannabis for adults 21 and over.

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