Immigrants who use marijuana or are involved with the industry fail to have “good moral character.” That’s the reason U.S. Citizenship and Immigration officials have given for denying citizenship to anyone involved with marijuana in any way, including possession, manufacturing, distribution or dispensing of cannabis, regardless of state laws.
“U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is required to adjudicate cases based on federal law,” the agency’s spokeswoman, Jessica Collins, said in a statement. “Individuals who commit federal controlled substance violations face potential immigration consequences under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), which applies to all foreign nationals regardless of the state or jurisdiction in which they reside.”