Recreational Marijuana Use Approved in Illinois, Criminal Records to Be Expunged — Atlanta Black Star

There are two reasons to rejoice over Illinois’ new marijuana legislation. Weed has been approved for recreational use, and the law is the first in the nation to contain sweeping expungement provisions from the onset. That sets the tone for major criminal justice reform needed by Black communities in the state disproportionately targeted by marijuana arrests.

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.

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