Pot Charges Could be Dropped
A new bill in front of the Illinois State Senate aims to allow people convicted of marijuana possession before 2016 to petition to drop those charges after 3 years.
The bill has already passed in the House. The Senate will decide what happens next when they start session again in January.
Attorney Adam Loos explained what this could mean for people with these charges in the future. He thinks that this law would make finding work a lot easier for people who have been charged.
“Even if it’s a cannabis crime, there’s some people that simply won’t hire you,” he said. “So it narrows their field of options for career advancement and for other things.”
Loos thinks the demographic that has the most to lose from a possession charge and the most to gain from this law passing are young people.
“People of all ages consume cannabis, but younger people are the ones who tend to get caught with it,” he said.