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New Bill Would Release Inmates Convicted For Cannabis

FILE - In this Aug. 15, 2019 file photo, marijuana grows at an indoor cannabis farm in Gardena, Calif. Top prosecutors in the vast majority of Arizona counties are dropping all existing possession of marijuana cases even before a new voter-approved law eliminating criminal penalties for having small amounts of the drug takes effect when results of the Nov. 3, 2020 election are certified. An Associated Press survey of county attorneys received responses from 13 of 15 elected county attorneys, all of whom said they were either immediately dropping existing cases or in one case pausing prosecutions and planning to drop them when Proposition 207 goes into effect. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)

A new bill brought forth in the Illinois House would release inmates who were convicted for cannabis. Introduced by Democratic State Representative Mary Flowers, of Chicago, House Bill 3085 would also clear any marijuana charges from criminal records, regardless of the amount of involved. Marijuana is now legal in Illinois, and a person is allowed to carry up to 30 grams.

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