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01/08/2018

As of March 2019, 33 states and the District of Columbia have legalized medical marijuana, and 10 states and the District of Columbia have legalized recreational marijuana for adults. Immigrants may reasonably think that using marijuana according to these state laws will not hurt their immigration status. Unfortunately, that's wrong!! It is still a federal offense to possess marijuana, and immigration is governed by federal law. These handouts provide warnings about what immigrants need to know. See also the written warning from the California Employment Development Department, and an ILRC practice advisory on the law.