Jan. 2 (UPI) — Illinois began off the brand new yr with practically half 1,000,000 much less cannabis-related arrests on document.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker introduced in a collection of Twitter posts on Thursday the state had expunged “practically 500,000 low-level hashish associated information.”

“Immediately, I additionally pardoned 9,219 low-level hashish conviction information, for a complete of 20,000 for the reason that signing of Illinois’ recreation hashish laws, essentially the most fairness centric within the nation,” he added in one other publish.

The governor initially projected a four-year timetable to begin expunging information after 2019 laws legalizing leisure hashish use grew to become efficient in the beginning of final yr.

Pritzker tweeted in a publish that the half 1,000,000 expungements have been “4 years forward of schedule.”

“We reached this milestone one yr into what will likely be an ongoing effort to right historic wrongdoings fueled by the struggle on medicine,” he stated within the publish.

“We are going to by no means be capable to absolutely treatment the depth of the harm in communities of colour, who’ve disproportionately shouldered this burden,” he tweeted in one other publish Thursday. “However we are able to govern with the braveness to confess the errors of our previous — and the decency to set a greater path ahead.”

Although the method has been accomplished on the state stage, county clerks have been nonetheless processing information, the Chicago Solar-Occasions reported.

Illinois State Police have carried out the automated expungement course of 4 years forward of a Jan. 1, 2025, statutory deadline, however a lot of the state’s 102 counties nonetheless have to finish the method. Thus far, solely DuPage, Kane, Knox, McHenry, McLean, Peoria, Rock Island, Will and Winnebego counties have accomplished expungements on the native stage. The remainder have till Jan. 1, 2025, to complete the method.

Illinois is the 11th state to legalize hashish for grownup leisure use.