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Chicago prosecutor Kim Foxx to start erasing pot convictions soon

Chicago prosecutor to start erasing pot convictions soon

FILE--In this March 15, 2016, file photo, Kim Foxx smiles at the crowd as she celebrates her primary win over incumbent Democratic Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez in Chicago. Foxx, now the Cook County State's Attorney, says she hopes to begin expunging minor cannabis convictions in the coming months but acknowledges it won't be easy to implement her plan and that her office is still figuring out its scope. Foxx told the Chicago Sun-Times last week that she estimates that thousands of misdemeanor drug convictions could be wiped out. Foxx says her office is also reviewing its policy toward prosecuting those detained for selling marijuana. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)
FILE--In this March 15, 2016, file photo, Kim Foxx smiles at the crowd as she celebrates her primary win over incumbent Democratic Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez in Chicago. Foxx, now the Cook County State's Attorney, says she hopes to begin expunging minor cannabis convictions in the coming months but acknowledges it won't be easy to implement her plan and that her office is still figuring out its scope. Foxx told the Chicago Sun-Times last week that she estimates that thousands of misdemeanor drug convictions could be wiped out. Foxx says her office is also reviewing its policy toward prosecuting those detained for selling marijuana. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

CHICAGO (AP) – A top Chicago prosecutor says she hopes to begin expunging minor cannabis convictions in the coming months but acknowledges it won't be easy to implement her plan and that her office is still figuring out its scope.

Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx told the Chicago Sun-Times last week that she wants to enlist the help of San Francisco-based nonprofit, Code For America, which has already aided with expunging records in California. She estimates that thousands of misdemeanor drug convictions could be wiped out.

Foxx says her office is also reviewing its policy toward prosecuting those detained for selling marijuana. She has recently advocated publicly for legalizing recreational marijuana in Illinois.

Her comments come amid backlash over her office's decision to drop charges against "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett.

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