Surrounded by criminal-justice reform advocates and lawmakers at Cabrini Green Legal Aid, Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker signed legislation Dec. 4 to strengthen what his office calls the most equity-centric adult-use cannabis law in the nation and announce the first round of social equity applications opens Tuesday, Dec. 10.
Senate Bill 1557 also includes stronger provisions to prevent conflicts of interest among elected officials and provides more information to people whose records will be expunged. It takes effect Wed., Jan. 1, 2020.
In part, Pritzker said, "Let me be clear: Our goal is not to immediately deliver as much access to recreational cannabis as possible, as quickly as possible. No, what we're doing here is methodically working to address the inequities that have wreaked havoc on many of our communities."
"This bill continues to center medical cannabis patients by removing the onerous and discriminatory flags on driving records," added state Rep. Kelly Cassidy ( D-Chicago ).