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October 6, 2022

What Bidenís Pardon For Marijuana Convictions Means For Immigrants

If a non-citizen tells an immigration officer they have used marijuana, sold it, or even possessed it (even in states where it is legal) can be denied entry in the U.S., deemed inadmissible, have their citizenship applications denied, and can ultimately be deported. In some cases, green card holders can lose their lawful permanent resident status and be deported for a cannabis-related conviction. The conviction makes an LPR deportable unless it was an isolated, one-time incident where cannabis was limited to 30 grams for personal use only. From 2003 to August 2018, more than 45,000 people were deported nationwide for possession of marijuana, according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University.

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