The legality of cannabis varies in over two dozen states, however, federal regulations continue to present challenges within the industry.

Early April, news broke that the citizenship applications of two individuals were rejected due to their employment in the cannabis industry.

While 30 states have taken measures to fully or partially legalize medical and recreational cannabis, federal law still classifies cannabis as an illegal substance. Employment within the cannabis industry does present the risk of negatively influencing attempts for naturalization, according to the current policy enforced by the U.S. Department of Justice. As such, efforts to legally remain in the country may also be complicated by working in the cannabis industry.

Employers have since been urged to inform job applicants of the potential concerns of working in the cannabis industry.

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