The Lee County State’s Attorney’s Office has been very busy for the past few months and they will be very busy for years to come. What is causing this extra amount of work is the side issues concerning the legal use of recreational marijuana in Illinois. Part of the new law calls for the expungement of low level cannabis convictions.
Lee County State’s Attorney Charles Boonstra said the change from cannabis being illegal to legal had to take some rethinking from not only his office, but, from law enforcement. But, he feels the transition is going well.
Boonstra said the county and the state will need to go back through years of records to make all of the expungement. It is estimated they will go back at least 20-25 years and probably more. At present, Lee County is one of the counties who have already expunged hundreds of records. It may take a decade to finally reach their goal.