The New Age of Marijuana Legalization and Ground of Inadmissibility

Would an Immigrant who purchased marijuana in Washington or Colorado be subject to grounds of inadmissibility even though buying Marijuana in those states is lawful?

Although recreational use of marijuana in Washington State and Colorado is lawful, a person who admits to buying, possessing or selling marijuana before an immigration officer is subject to detention and grounds of inadmissibility.

Section 212(a)(2)(A)(ii) makes inadmissible to the United States any person who admits having committed acts with constitute the essential elements of a violation of any law or regulation of the United States relating to controlled substance. Thus, since federal law prohibits the sale and purchase of marijuana, any immigrant who buys or sales marijuana, although lawfully done in the state, it will still be unlawful under federal law.