Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx personally filed motions to vacate more than 1,000 low-level cannabis convictions Wednesday.Reports ABC News 7
This was done in advance of the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act taking effect on Jan. 1. The new law makes cannabis legal in Illinois and requires the expungement of minor marijuana offenses, according to a news release from the state’s attorney’s office.
The convictions vacated Wednesday were for non-violent possession of cannabis cases under 30 grams.
The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office handles about 19,000 petitions for conviction relief each year, averaging approximately 1,500 each month, the release said. The office processed more than 1,000 convictions in one court call Wednesday.