Illinois set to expunge nearly 800,000 marijuana convictions
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Illinois is reportedly set to expunge nearly 800,000 marijuana convictions from criminal records. 

The move will come in response to a landmark measure Illinois Gov. J. B. Pritzker (D) signed last week that will make recreational marijuana legal starting in 2020. 

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The Marijuana Policy Project said that the expansive legislation will allow 770,000 state residents to be eligible for expunging marijuana related offenses. 

The bill, known as the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act, permits the state to automatically grant clemency to residents who were convicted for possessing up to 30 grams of cannabis. 

A person can petition a court to get charges rescinded if they were convicted with between 30 and 500 grams of cannabis. 

According to the bill, officials will "physically destroy the records or return them to the petitioner and to obliterate the petitioner's name from any official index or public record, or both," CNN noted

In addition to expunging criminal offenses, the measure also creates a "social equity program" designed to help people with marijuana convictions get business licenses. The Marijuana Policy Project added that the bill also will provide $12 million to startup businesses focused on cannabis distribution. 

Pritzker said last week that he signed the most "equity-centric cannabis" bill in the nation. Illinois is set to become the 11th state to legalize recreational marijuana. 

The legislation will allow licensed growth, sales, possession and consumption of cannabis for adults 21 and over.