Illinois marijuana law aims to undo the damage of the war on drugs

SPRINGFIELD: when legislators drafted the law by legalizing Illinois They tried to make sure that they would correct what many see as past mistakes linked to the drug.

In addition to eliminating hundreds of thousands of criminal records for marijuana arrests and convictions, the architects of the law added provisions aimed at benefiting communities that have been most affected by the efforts of law enforcement to combat drugs.

The so-called social equity provisions are expected to help black applicants, in particular, since blacks are almost four times more likely to be arrested for marijuana than whites. American Civil Liberties Union he found.

The law, which goes into effect on January 1, also established ways for qualified applicants to pay lower license fees and obtain commercial loans and technical assistance. And it allocated part of the revenue from marijuana sales for neighborhood development grants.