Immigration attorneys urge caution with new marijuana law

Legal experts are warning non-citizen immigrants to exercise caution before Illinois legalizes recreational marijuana in a few weeks

Legal immigrants elsewhere, including in Colorado, have been denied citizenship because of marijuana-related work.

The Illinois law also expunges criminal records for marijuana arrests and convictions, but those expungements won't help immigration cases, experts said.

The National Immigrant Justice Center and others advised non-citizens not to partake, admit use or carry documentation such as a receipt, because it could hurt their cases. They extended the warning to U.S. citizens who live in mixed status households for the same reason.