Immigration Risks of Legalized Marijuana

Given the partial legalization of the use and possession of marijuana in several states, it may be helpful nevertheless to warn noncitizen employees and students of the serious immigration consequences which they still face for the use and/or possession of marijuana.

The Immigrant Legal Resource Center provides a practice advisory on the immigration risks of legalized marijuana. The very best strategy is to educate noncitizens ahead of time. The message is simple: Immigration law treats any marijuana-related activity as a crime, with harsh penalties, even if it is permitted under state law.