Despite Legalization, Cannabis Convictions Still A Barrier To Housing, Jobs

The Cannabis Equity Coalition of Illinois is working with residents to clear old marijuana-related charges.

Marijuana Plant
Marijuana plants are pictured at the Baker's marijuana nursery at Baker Medical Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, in Oklahoma City. AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki / AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki
Marijuana Plant
Marijuana plants are pictured at the Baker's marijuana nursery at Baker Medical Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, in Oklahoma City. AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki / AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki

Despite Legalization, Cannabis Convictions Still A Barrier To Housing, Jobs

The Cannabis Equity Coalition of Illinois is working with residents to clear old marijuana-related charges.

Recreational cannabis has been legal in Illinois since January, but thousands of residents are still waiting for the state to clear past convictions from their records. Advocates say the process, which can take up to six years, creates barriers for housing and job opportunities.

Reset checks in with the Cannabis Equity Coalition of Illinois for more on the state’s cannabis rules. The group helps residents clear old marijuana-related charges by connecting them to free legal aid.

GUESTS: Regina Hernandez, attorney with Legal Aid Chicago

Akele Parnell, program counsel for the Chicago Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights