JB Pritzker, the governor of Illinois, announced on Tuesday that he would be issuing 11,000 gubernatorial pardons for marijuana convictions in that state.
The governor made the declaration one day ahead of the implementation of an Illinois law that will legalize recreational marijuana usage. Pritzker's office said the pardons will cover individuals from 92 counties.
In addition to Pritzker's pardons, the Illinois marijuana law, known as the Cannabis Regulations and Tax Act, will pave the way for the expungement of more than 700,000 marijuana-related records in state databases.
Following the announcement, the Illinois chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union praised the governor's decision as "a good step forward."