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Marijuana Grounds for Denying Citizenship

April 25, 2019
 Marijuana Grounds for Denying Citizenship

According to the newly release "Guidance Memo" by the USCIS - the US Citizenship & Immigration Services ( a branch of US Department of Homeland Security), all those applying for the US Citizenship may be denied such if they are found guilty of personally using cannabis or being an employee of any cannabis industry - regardless of the fact that these activities were legally allowed in that particular jurisdiction.

As per opines of the memo, having a good moral character is a prerequisite for any person who is seeking the US Citizenship and the involvement with cannabis in any way reflects a lack of "moral character".

Here is the exact language used in the updated statement, "[The] violation of federal controlled substance law, including marijuana, established by a conviction or admission, is generally a bar to establish GMC (good moral character) for naturalization even where the conduct would not be a violation of state law. This guidance .....is controlling and supersedes any prior guidance on the topic."


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