US. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a new guide on Friday stating that working in the marijuana industry, even in areas where it is legal, could prevent immigrants from gaining citizenship.
The agency found that several states and the District of Columbia have done so Legalized marijuana at the medical and leisure levels, the law is still classified by the federal law as a controlled substance according to "Schedule 1".
"USCIS publishes policy guidelines in the USCIS Policy Manual to clarify that violations of the law include substances that include the Federal Law on Substances. Marijuana is generally an obstacle to establishing a good moral character for naturalization, itself if that behavior was not a criminal offense under state law. "
" The policy guidelines also make it clear that an applicant who is involved in certain marijuana activities that are related to the activity may not have a good moral character if it is found that they violate federal law Although these activities were considered as a decree, USCIS added that marihuana production, distribution or possession "could lead to immigration consequences".
A USCIS spokesperson affirmed in a statement to The Hill that the agency has to decide cases federal law. "
" People who commit controlled substance abuse in the state face potential immigration effects under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), which applies to all foreigners, regardless of the state or jurisdiction in which they reside. "
The new guidance comes when the Trump government bowed to a fiercely contested position in immigration policy after Donald Trump [1
The guide also comes because the legalization of marijuana is increasing throughout the country. A poll released on Friday found that 65 percent of Americans believe that the potis should be legalized, including 56 percent of Republicans.
Updated at 9:48