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  1. A better article:

    [Thousands of weed convictions will be automatically expunged in Cook County: ‘We are righting the wrongs of the past’](https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/criminal-justice/ct-marijuana-conviction-expungement-kim-foxx-20190827-3zytvgvmdzf4jlx4crnz5dbfae-story.html)

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    >Tens of thousands of cannabis convictions will be automatically expunged under a partnership between a tech nonprofit and Cook County prosecutors, part of an effort State’s Attorney Kim Foxx characterized as “righting the wrongs of the past.”
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    >“It is prosecutors who were part of the war on drugs, we were part of a larger ecosystem that believed that in the interest of public safety, that these were convictions that were necessary to gain,” Foxx said at a news conference Tuesday. “In the benefit of hindsight and looking at the impact of the war on drugs, it is also prosecutors who have to be at the table to ensure that we are righting the wrongs of the past.”
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    >Illinois’ marijuana legalization bill, which takes effect Jan. 1, allows residents 21 and over to possess up to 30 grams of cannabis. Those convicted for larger amounts, from 30 to 500 grams, can petition a court to have the charge expunged.

    These were wrongs, perpetuated across the country on hundreds of thousands of people and though time cannot be given back to many of them, at least there are some community leaders are acknowledging it truthfully and trying to make amends.

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