Chicago, IL –
Illinois Governor J.B Pritzker issued pardons for 11,000 suspects of low-level marijuana convictions.
With Illinois becoming the 11th state to legalize recreational marijuana use, we’re still in the early stages of protocol. Now that the “drug” is legal thousands of prisoners are behind bars for using a now legal substance.
That’s not very just of the justice system. As a result, Governor Pritzker pardoned over 11,000 prisoners who were convicted on weed charges. Pritzker was devoted to rectifying the “past harms of discriminatory prosecution of drug laws.”
When announcing the pardon he shared, “we are ending the 50-year-long war on cannabis. We are restoring rights to many tens of thousands of Illinoisans. We are bringing regulation and safety to a previously unsafe and illegal market. And we are creating a new industry that puts equity at its very core.”