ILLINOIS (WAND) – The Illinois State Police have expunged nearly 500,000 non-felony cannabis-related arrest records, Gov. JB Pritzker announced.

The Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act, which the governor signed into law in 2019, requires cannabis-related arrest records from 2013 and 2019 (47,000 records in total) to be expunged by Jan. 1, 2021. There is a Jan. 1, 2025 statutory deadline for completing automatic expungements, which is now finished at the state level with 492,129 expungements completed.

This puts ISP four years ahead of schedule. Even though the state level of expungements is complete, most counties are still processing local expungements and must finish by the Jan. 1, 2025 deadline. Counties with arrest records already expunged include DuPage, Kane, Knox, Lake, McHenry, McLean, Peoria, Rock Island, Will and Winnebago counties.