I am an immigrant working on H1-B Visa in Washington state. I obtained medical marijuana card as I was suffering from chronic joint pains. Back then I didn't know that its still crime under federal laws. Now I need to travel outside USA and I have to get my H1-B stamped and need to return back to USA. I have never been convicted for marijuana use, but I am scared if I will be questioned on the card by TSA or department of home land security. Can you please guide me on how to get away from this problem
I never, and I do mean never, recommend that people who aren't US Citizens, especially people on NON-IMMIGRANT visas get a medical MJ card.
I suggest you have a Skype consultation with an attorney. Just click on one of our names for a link to send a private e-mail.
PROFESSOR OF IMMIGRATION LAW for over 10 years -- This blog posting is offered for informational purposes only. It does not constitute an attorney-client relationship. Also, keep in mind that this is an INTERNET BLOG. You should not rely on anything you read here to make decisions which impact on your life. Meet with an attorney, via Skype, or in person, to obtain competent personal and professional guidance.
Having the card probably does not show that you are a narcotics trafficker, so you should not be subject to grounds of removal.
The above is intended only as general information, and does not constitute legal advice. You must speak with an attorney to discuss your individual case.
Do not carry the card with you, and pray that CBP does not ask you about this.
Mr. Shusterman's (former INS Trial Attorney, 1976-82) response to your question is general in nature, as not all the facts are known to him. You should retain an attorney experienced in immigration law to review all the facts in your case in order to receive advice specific to your case. Mr. Shusterman's statement above does not create an attorney/client relationship.
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