A business trip by a software entrepreneur coming from Hong Kong to the United States can be quite a challenge, especially since the new White House administration has taken such a strict stance on immigration. In one case, an immigrant who lived in the city of San Francisco for some years while he was studying at the local university was suffering from neck and back pain. He associated it with having to spend long hours at the computer. He would usually take legal marijuana as part of the medical solution for his health issues. At one time, the same man took a business trip to Hong Kong and upon arriving back into the United States; he was asked several questions about his cannabis use. He explained why he took legal marijuana for his health issues and once he mentioned this, he was taken into custody, just like that and deported out of the country forever. They cancelled his American visa and just shipped him out. How devastating is that for him and many others? This is not an isolated case. It is happening rapidly as the Trump administration has a pet peeve about immigrants and entry into the United States.
Things to Avoid
If you are an immigrant, you should be aware of some of the things to expect from the new white house administration under Donald Trump as President of the United States, especially as it pertains to legal marijuana.
- You should avoid cannabis use when traveling, even if it is for medical purpose and even if you are doing so legally
- You should avoid seeking a weed job in the cannabis industry until you receive full citizenship
- You should remain silent and not discuss legal marijuana use to any law enforcement or immigration official
- Make sure you get rid of all mention of legal marijuana on your social media accounts and on your cell phone.
In the state of California, medical marijuana is considered legal and this is the case in almost thirty other states. If you are an adult, 21 years of age or older, you are allowed to legally consume and possess marijuana in the District of Columbia and either other states. However, the federal government makes it harder for you because they can decide to get you out of the country even with legal marijuana use. Why? Well, the federal government has always rejected the idea that marijuana is legal and they are the branch of government that get to decide which persons come into the United States. Under the federal law, marijuana use and any connections to it is looked upon as illegal. For that reason, you can be denied entry into the United Sates and you can be deported.
Legal marijuana consumption is something that the feds use to cancel business and tourist visas. Many people have been also denied green cards and citizenship for years due to cannabis use. Many immigration lawyers will attest to this. At the Canadian border, if an official sees any sign of marijuana such as a sticker or even an admittance of cannabis use, you will be sent packing. This was the case during the past President’s tenor, but has gotten worse with the new white house administration under President Trump.
If you are an immigrant and you have to travel outside of the United States and return, it is best to keep legal marijuana out of your conversations including from your social media accounts. Why? Well, it is obvious from media coverage that the President has given border and immigration officials the go ahead to take this to a new level. So be careful. If you want to know more about legal marijuana, visit the Cannabis Training University now.