Cook County State’s Attorney Aims to Start Cannabis Conviction Expungements

Kim Foxx, the Illinois State’s Attorney for Cook County, said last week that her office will begin the expungement of misdemeanor cannabis convictions in the coming months. In an interview with the Chicago Sun-Times, Foxx said that prosecutors were considering expungement of convictions for marijuana sales and are still working to determine the scope of the project.

“The question is, how far back can we go? How far back does the data go — which will give us what our universe looks like? But we’re in the process of figuring that out,” said Foxx.

In a speech to the City Club of Chicago in January, Foxx said that she supported the drive to legalize cannabis in Illinois and said that her office would  “pursue the expungement of all misdemeanor marijuana convictions.”

Foxx said that she hopes to work with the nonprofit group Code for America to analyze conviction records and identify those cases that qualify for expungement. Earlier this year, Code for America worked with the San Francisco District Attorney to clear more than 8,000 cannabis convictions going back to 1975. This month, the group said that 54,000 more cannabis convictions would be expunged or reduced in Los Angeles and San Joaquin counties.

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