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Immigrant Marijuana

DENVER, CO – APRIL 03: The Dab cultivation manager Oswaldo Barrientos, who immigrated to the United States when he was a year old, stands for a portrait in a marijuana grow room he oversees Wednesday, April 3, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. Barrientos’ application for U.S. citizenship was recently denied, his attorney alleges, because he works in facility with marijuana. (Photo by Michael Ciaglo/Special to the Denver Post)

Several weeks after Denver’s mayor said immigrants here were denied American citizenship because of their work in the cannabis industry, President Donald Trump’s administration issued a formal policy making clear that is occurring and will continue to occur.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services published a one-page policy Friday stating that “violation of federal controlled substance law, including for marijuana, remains a conditional bar to establishing good moral character for naturalization, even where that conduct would not be an offense under state law.”