The governor of Illinois has granted a pardon to over 11,000 individuals who were convicted for low-level marijuana possession charges in an effort to take the first steps toward the state’s new marijuana legalization law, according to NBC News.
Illinois is the 11th state to legalize marijuana for people over the age of 21 and they are working hard to repair the damage of prior convictions that were geared toward those who used or sold the drug.
“We are ending the 50-year-long war on cannabis,” stated Democratic Gov. JB Pritzker. “We are restoring the rights to many tens of thousands of Illinoisans. We are bringing regulation and safety to a previously unsafe and illegal market,” Pritzker continued. Thus far, 92 of Illinois’ 102 counties are represented among the pardons that were announced by the governor.