From PASO West Suburban Action Project
CANNABIS: THE PLANT COMMONLY KNOWN AS MARIJUANA
As of January 1, 2020, recreational use of cannabis will be legal in the state of Illinois, yet it is still illegal at the federal level, for that reason it has a different impact on people who are not US citizens and can impact their immigration status.
What do I need to know?
Persons who admit to using, who benefit financially selling, manufacturing or investing in the industry can be denied entry to the U.S., denied applications for naturalization or permanent residency (green card), subjected to mandatory detention and in some cases can be deported.
Even admitting to simple USE can subject you to immigration consequences, even for medicinal purposes.
- ECONOMIC BENEFITS
Working, selling or manufacturing products, for those who are not U.S. citizens or those who live with people who are not U.S. citizens may have immigration consequences.
Investing in companies or products may have immigration consequences including possible deportation.
- CRIMINAL CONSEQUENCES
The state of Illinois is taking steps to eliminate certain previous convictions related to the new cannabis law. However, this will NOT help for immigration purposes. If you have ever been arrested for any marijuana related reason you should obtain 2-3 certified copies of your criminal records IMMEDIATELY.
NOTICE: consumption, sale, and possession of marijuana may result in deportation. Consult a trusted immigration lawyer.
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