Past marijuana convictions can be erased, but it could take years

They say that while the assistance of a lawyer isn't necessary for such cases, it can be helpful to consult someone with expertise in this area.

News Story (Illinois)

Barbara Vitello
Daily Herald (Illinois)
January 5, 2020

Tags: Criminal Records, Expungement / Record Sealing

Organizations mentioned/involved: James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy (Evanston, IL)


Former legal aid attorney Beth Johnson supports state officials’ expungement efforts.

Policy changes, like the one legalizing recreational marijuana, require addressing the past, she said.

“We should never forget folks who’ve gone through the system,” said Johnson, a partner in Chicago’s Rights and Restoration Law Group.

Expungement “is not only fixing the future, it’s repairing the harm that was done to others,” she said.