Immigrants Working in the Marijuana Industry May Not Be Able to Attain US Citizenship

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New guidance from the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) states that undocumented immigrants working in the marijuana industry could be prevented from attaining citizenship.

Although several states and the District of Columbia have legalized recreational marijuana, those working in the industry who are also undocumented may be ineligible for citizenship because federal law still considers weed to be a “Schedule I” controlled substance — drugs with a “high potential for abuse” such as heroin and LSD. The guidance notes that anyone involved with the manufacture, possession, or distribution of marijuana may be subject to “criminal and immigration consequences.”

“USCIS is issuing policy guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual to clarify that violations of federal controlled substance law, including violations involving marijuana, are generally a bar to establishing good moral character (GMC) for naturalization, even where that conduct would not be an offense under state law,”…

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