Immigration Consequences of Marijuana Use
Although many states have legalized or are in the process of legalizing marijuana for recreational use; it remains illegal under federal law. The legal consequences of either personal use of marijuana or involvement in the cannabis industry can be severe.
Criminal Grounds of Inadmissibility
The first and most obvious relevant ground of inadmissibility is INA §212(a)(2)(A)(i)(II), which makes inadmissible:
“…any alien convicted of, or who admits having committed, or who admits committing acts which constitute the essential elements of … a violation of (or a conspiracy or attempt to