Gov. Pritzker Announces Expungement of 492K Cannabis Arrest Records

Gov. JB Pritzker announced Thursday that nearly 500,000 non-felony cannabis-related arrest records had been expunged at the state level by the Illinois State Police.

Posted: Dec 31, 2020 2:25 PM
Updated: Dec 31, 2020 2:38 PM

Illinois Governor JB Pritzker announced Thursday that 492,129 non-felony cannabis-related arrest records had been expunged at the state level by the Illinois State Police (ISP).

Additionally, the Governor on Thursday issued pardons for 9,219 low-level cannabis conviction records, for a total of over 20,000 cannabis convictions now pardoned since the signing of the legislation.

The Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act, which Pritzker's administration calls the most equity-centric cannabis legislation in the country signed into law, requires cannabis-related arrest records created between 2013 and 2019 to be expunged by January 1, 2021, a total of 47,000 records.

With Thursday's announcement of 492,129 cannabis arrest records being expunged, ISP is four years ahead of the January 1, 2025 statutory deadline for completing automatic expungements.

"Statewide, Illinoisans hold hundreds of thousands low-level cannabis-related records, a burden disproportionately shouldered by communities of color," said Gov. Pritzker. "We will never be able to fully remedy the depth of that damage. But we can govern with the courage to admit the mistakes of our past—and the decency to set a better path forward. I applaud the Prisoner Review Board, the Illinois State Police, and our partners across the state for their extraordinary efforts that allowed these pardons and expungements to become a reality.”

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