Illinois’ first cannabis czar heads to Washington to focus on nationwide legalization in new role – WBEZ – DC Initiative on Racial Equity
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Toi Hutchinson will be the new CEO of the Washington, D.C.-based Marijuana Policy Project in January. The former Illinois state senator representing the south suburbs was a key figure in the movement to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in the state, which took effect in 2020.

Illinois was the first state to legalize weed through legislation. Gov. JB Pritzker tapped her as the state’s first-ever cannabis regulation oversight officer — also known as the “cannabis czar.”

According to the governor’s office, 492,129 non-felony cannabis-related arrest records have been expunged at the state level. Pritzker has pardoned more than 20,000 cannabis convictions since the signing of the legislation.This year the state agriculture department announ


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