Individuals who have legally emigrated to the US are being denied citizenship by the federal government for working in state-legalized cannabis markets.

Although recreational cannabis has been legal in Colorado for five years now, working for the industry is still risky. A number of legal US residents of Denver found that out the hard way recently when they were denied full citizenship after revealing to US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) that they were employed by the state’s marijuana industry.

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