Marijuana-Related Deportability and Inadmissibility Issues

Marijuana-Related Deportability and Inadmissibility Issues

Marijuana-Related Deportability and Inadmissibility Issues (Live Seminar & Recording)
04/18/2024 02:00 PM ET - 03:30 PM ET
Marijuana-Related Deportability and Inadmissibility Issues (Seminar Recording)
Live Event Date: 04/18/2024
Format Length CLE Eligible
Web Seminar 90 min. Yes

Many states allow the medical or adult recreational use of marijuana. Under federal immigration law, however, cannabis use and possession can have devastating consequences for noncitizens. Panelists will provide an overview of the legal issues surrounding marijuana use. Moreover, they will explain how to analyze the potential legal consequences in the immigration context.

Featured Topics:

  • Current legal landscape for marijuana use and possession: state vs. federal
  • Inadmissibility grounds due to a finding of addiction or abuse
  • Triggered by marijuana use: removal grounds and good moral character bars

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Mary E. Kramer (DL), AILA Author, Immigration Consequences of Criminal Activity, 10th ed., AILA DOS Liaison Committee, Miami, FL

Mary E. Kramer is the author of AILA’s Immigration Consequences of Criminal Activity: A Guide to Representing Foreign-Born Defendants (10th edition 2024). She is the 2015 recipient of the Edith Lowenstein Award, AILA National’s highest award for excellence in advancing the practice of immigration law. She is a former chair of the AILA National ICE Liaison Committee, and currently serves on the Department of State Committee. She is a past chapter chair in S. Florida. Ms. Kramer is a frequent speaker across the country on criminal-immigration issues. Her office is in Miami where she focuses on complex criminal-immigration work, as well as asylum cases.

Zachary Nightingale, AILA Benefits Litigation Committee, San Francisco, CA

Zachary M. Nightingale practices immigration law in San Francisco, California. As the managing partner at Van Der Hout, LLP, his immigration practice since 1996 has focused on removal defense and litigation in immigration and federal courts. He received his JD from Stanford Law School, following an MS (Stanford, mathematics) and AB (U.C. Berkeley, mathematics) and is certified by the State Bar of California as an expert in immigration law. Mr. Nightingale was honored with AILA’s 2003 Jack Wasserman Memorial Award for excellence in litigation, and was the 2014 NIP/NLG member honoree for outstanding contributions to the cause of immigrant justice.

Mary Foden, Hartford, CT

Mary Foden is a Partner with De Castro Foden LLC. Mary received her JD from the University of Connecticut School of Law (2005). She conducts annual training for attorneys and BIA accreditation on criminal immigration matters and general inadmissibility, and litigated Matter of Ferreira 26 I&N Dec. 415 (BIA 2014) on the application of the categorical approach to state controlled substance statutes.

Heather N. Segal, Toronto, Canada

A principal at Segal Immigration Law in Toronto, with 28 years of experience, including 10 years as elected Director to the AILA Board of Governors; volunteering on the National Liaison Committee, DHS, CBP and DOS; voted by her peers as one of the most highly regarded practitioners in Corporate Immigration Law in “Who’s Who Legal Corporate Immigration;” listed in Best Lawyers in Canada. 2024 Immigration Law. She is licensed in Canada and the United States.

The speaker's/author's views do not necessarily represent the views of AILA, nor do they constitute legal advice or representation. Practice tips provided are based on the speaker's/author's experiences and the current state of the law. Please be sure to conduct legal research and analysis for your unique situation as the law changes quickly and experiences may differ from your own.