January 1, 2020 marks a historic day for many reasons. In addition to the beginning of a new decade it also marks the start of legal recreational marijuana for the 11th state in the US, that of Illinois. As a result the Governor of Illinois has announced he will be pardoning 11,000 residents convicted of low level drug offenses involving marijuana. This pardon paves the way for these innocent people to now move forward with their lives unburdened by a prior conviction. These people will now no longer have to list convictions on job applications and be eligible to qualify for student loans and other financial aid as well as housing. Hooray for progress!