British residents residing within the US could also be deported for weeding for smoking – firebird-cbdoil
British citizens caught using cannabis could be banned from the US for life, even if they smoke in a state where Pot is legal.
Charlotte Slocombe, Senior Partner at Fragomen, a London-based law firm specializing in international immigration laws, warns British tourists and Green Card holders that they may be arrested and even deported from the US if caught become grass. As more and more US states have legalized cannabis, the number of foreign nationals who have been denied entry or denied entry due to low weed consumption has increased significantly.
"Even if you're a foreigner in a state where it's legal, it's still illegal for you at the federal level," Slocombe told the Guardian. "For example, if you buy cannabis in a legal pharmacy and ask for passport information as a passport, this information may be found. This, as well as the admission of drug use, could then trigger immigration problems, since immigration falls under federal law and not under state law. "
"People get caught this way, though they think they're doing something legal in that state," she continued. "This includes Green Card holders and people who hold a visa to live and work in the United States. Even for an American, it is illegal nationwide, but because they are not subject to US immigration laws, they would not be so vulnerable. "
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As another example, Slocombe stated that Americans who were caught smoking weeds at a party could not be arrested by state police if that state had legalized the use of adults. However, if foreign tourists or other green cardholders were caught smoking grass while smoking at the same party, the state police could arrest them and hand them over to the border police. From there, the immigration authorities could then deport them and ban them from lifelong entry into the US.
This problem came to a head last year as Canada legalized use by adults. US customs and border guards reiterated that cannabis continues to be illegal under federal law and that any Canadian who once admitted weed-smoking could be excluded from the US for life. This summer, a Canadian woman was banned from the country for trying to cross the border with a bottle of CBD oil – which is completely legal in Canada and the US.
America's draconian immigration laws apply not only to cannabis users, but also to cannabis industry employees. CBP officials initially said that anyone working for a Canadian cannabis company would be banned from entering the United States, but eventually overruled their decision. Nevertheless, Slocombe told The Guardian that they have handled many cases where customs officials denied foreign investors in the weed industry visas. In another case, a farmer's visa was only objected to because he sold part of his land to a cannabis producer.
"Do not take any risks, as long as you do not violate provincial law, you are still in violation of federal law," warned Slocombe. "It's too dangerous because the consequences are enormous and you may not be eligible for entry to ESTA [Electronic System for Travel Authorization] and a visa forever."