Recently, New York became the 16th state in the United States to legalize recreational marijuana. We wanted to remind you and your employees that the use, purchase or possession of marijuana is still a crime throughout the United States under federal law, regardless of state legalizations. Use of marijuana by a foreign national (H, L, E, TN, lawful permanent resident, etc.) even in a state where it is legal could have grave consequences (including removal from the United States). Moreover, a noncitizen who admits to a U.S. immigration or law enforcement official that he or she possessed or used marijuana could be found inadmissible, denied entry into the United States, or have his or her application for lawful status or naturalization denied.