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Ca. Int'l Law Journal 2019, VOL. 27, NO. 1

IMMIGRANT INVESTORS AND CANNABIS BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES IN THE UNITED STATES

William Tolin Gay*

I. INTRODUCTION

The current trend toward state legalization of cannabis has created business opportunities that are attractive to many investors. However, cannabis remains illegal under federal law. Foreigners who invest in the industry could be refused entry into the United States, have their visas revoked, or face deportation. This article discusses the visa options available to foreign investors, the nature of cannabis and the industry that legalization has spawned,1 the legal climate at the federal and state levels, and the current posture of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) on these issues.

II. FOREIGN INVESTOR VISAS

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