Illinois is one step closer to allowing people convicted of possessing small amounts of marijuana or paraphernalia to expunge their criminal convictions.

Before 2016, those caught in possession of fewer than 10 grams of marijuana could face jail time.

Such offenses are now civil infractions rather than criminal ones thanks to a change in state law.

With the 2016 change allowing civil penalties instead of criminal charges for low level pot offenses, law enforcement agencies that issued a citation are supposed to expunge such citations on or before Jan. 1 and July 1 of each year.

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Greg Bishop ~ Illinois News Network ~

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