Expungement Process For Misdemeanor Pot Offenses Could Take Years

Jennifer Keiper
January 05, 2020 - 12:08 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- People who have been arrested or convicted of a nonviolent misdemeanor or Class 4 felony involving 30 grams of cannabis or less can qualify for expungement now that it is legal to possess that amount in Illinois.  

While it sounds easy there is a lot involved in the review process and according to the Daily Herald, it could take up to five years to erase records.

The paper reports that arrest records for offenses that occurred between Jan. 1, 2013 and Jan. 1 of this year will be expunged by Jan. 1, 2021.

But records for offenses that took place before January 1, 2000 won't be expunged until closer to 2025. 

It's estimated that Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker issued 11,000 pardons for people with minor marijuana offenses.