A legal permanent resident or anyone on immigrant or non-immigrant visas should stay away from marijuana use (consumption in any form) and anyone or anything associated with it because, despite laws in Colorado, it remains a Schedule 1 drug under the Controlled Substances Act and use of marijuana in any form is illegal under federal law. Growing marijuana, using marijuana medically or recreationally, and working in industries associated with marijuana and cannabidiol or CBD (e.g. working in a lab extracting CBD oils for medical purposes) may have negative immigration consequences.
Both international student and scholar visas and SEVIS records are maintained by agencies of the federal government. If these federal agencies discover any illegal drug use, including marijuana usage, they may revoke the offenders visa.
Please review these articles and videos:
- Legal Colorado Marijuana Workers Denied Citizenship Over Work
- Colorado’s 9News: Marijuana can disqualify you for citizenship
- Unless You're a Citizen, Legal Marijuana Isn't for You
If you have questions regarding marijuana as it relates to your status, please consult an appropriate attorney.