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Criminal Justice Reform In The Era Of Legal Cannabis

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Lt. Governor Juliana Stratton (left) with 'Cannabis Czar' Toi Hutchinson (right)

Lt. Governor Juliana Stratton's office leads the state’s Justice, Equity and Opportunity Initiative. She joined The 21st show to discuss the state's efforts to bring more people of color into the cannabis industry, reinvest in struggling communities and help people with criminal records for low-level cannabis offenses get their records cleared.

One of the changes people are hoping to see since the legalization of marijuana is a more equitable weed industry. Governor J.B. Pritzker has repeatedly said this is not just about bringing in much-needed revenue to the state it’s also about reinvesting in black and brown communities that have been hurt by the “war on cannabis.”

Christine Herman spent nine years studying chemistry before she left the bench to report on issues at the intersection of science and society. She started in radio in 2014 as a journalism graduate student at the University of Illinois and a broadcast intern at Radio Health Journal. Christine has been working at WILL since 2015.