While Illinois’ promise to expunge the records of people with prior marijuana convictions might be noble, it’s not going to be an inexpensive venture — more than 770,000 cases will need to be reviewed and amended!
But the state has come up with a novel way to pay for the massive undertaking: by using the money it makes from marijuana sales.
The new bill, which was approved Tuesday, not only makes the recreational use of pot legal, but it also designates early profits to go toward clearing previous offenders’ criminal records. When that’s done, weed tax will be used to support drug treatment and enforcement programs, improve mental health services and pad the state’s general fund.
The new law, which makes Illinois the 11th U.S. state to legalize recreational marijuana, goes into effect on January 1st.