As drug policy reforms take effect in Illinois with this year’s launch of legal recreational cannabis sales, Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx has set goals for the automatic expungement of convictions for low-level marijuana sales and possession of small amounts of hard drugs. Foxx shared her plans for further reform efforts in an exclusive interview with the Chicago Sun-Times that was published on Monday.
Foxx said that currently, her office is busy processing automatic expungements for cases involving possession of up to 30 grams of marijuana, as mandated by the recreational cannabis bill passed into law by Illinois lawmakers in 2019. But she would also like to see convictions for selling 30 to 500 grams of cannabis expunged automatically. Those with such convictions are now required to petition the court to have their records cleared.
“We should also make it easier for those who had those sales convictions for higher amounts to also be able to have their convictions vacated automatically,” Foxx said.
“No, they didn’t have a license. And no, it wasn’t legal. But it was the only economy that they had,” she continued, adding that regulated cannabis businesses are now “doing the exact same thing and making