Marijuana Maybe Legal in California, but There Is a Catch for Non-Citizens

The progress that has been made by the state of California in the legalization of pot has not been all a bed of rose. The new commercial structures that had been put in place to supply and grow cannabis have been burnt out in the recent wildfires that raged throughout the state of California from December last year.

However, the most significant milestone was achieved when adult recreation use of pot became legal on January 1, 2018. Some of the few premises and store that had completed the bureaucratic paperwork and earned their licenses to sell marijuana have already begun what is expected to be a multibillion-dollar business in the most affluent state in all of America. For more than 20 years, stores that sell medical marijuana have been operating legally throughout the state, but no one must get new licenses to continue with their operations which many haven’t got yet.

Moreover, there are a significant number of immigrants who reside in the bright lights of the golden state from all over the world including countries such as Australia. There is a legal catch in the new state legislation that saw the legalization of recreational marijuana. Non-citizens who are found to be indulging in recreation marijuana may find themselves on the wrong side of the law. The law will have serious implications if you are a non-citizen who have plans to reside in California long-term. One of the articles that were published by the San Diego Tribune warned that residents who are not American citizens would find themselves in trouble if they were caught indulging in the recreational pot though it was legal in the state.

One of the lurking legal technicalities is that while recreation use of cannabis may be legitimate in California and a host of another state, it is strictly a felony to use marijuana for recreation under federal law. The Trump administration has not made any significant moves to prosecute or interferes with any state that has passed laws regarding cannabis since it came not office early last year. One of the immigration officials said that it does not take the recreational use of marijuana for non-citizens to have a legal implication.

The official added that if a customs official found anyone entering the United States in possession of marijuana could have them banned from entering America for the rest of their lives. For instance, if a green card holder is caught traveling with pot, the certificate for permanent residence could be canceled and have them deported back to their countries.

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