Marijuana and Naturalization Denial

With the gradual trend of State Laws decriminalizing the use of Marijuana, many Americans may believe that such use would not have any legal consequences. However, if you are a permanent resident, the use of controlled substance such as marijuana could have negative immigration implications,  even if legal in the state where the marijuana was used. The laws relating to Marijuana and Naturalization Denial On April 19, 2019, the USCIS issued a Policy Guidance that the use of Marijuana is a disqualifying factor in Citizenship Applications, regardless of whether it is legal within the State. The use of controlled substance such as marijuana or pot is a violation of Federal Law.    Since Immigration law is governed by the Federal law, the USCIS can deny marijuana related naturalization applicants if there is a violation of Federal Controlled Substance Law such as the use of marijuana, even  if legal in the state of use.  The basis is for lack of…

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