In 2016, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) deported over 240,000 undocumented
immigrants. While not all of these were related to cannabis, possession, confession or use of
even small amounts of cannabis can result in detainment or deportation by ICE or Customs and
Border Agents. An investigation tactic that has increased 1,150% is the use of mobile devices
and cell phones. Chris Roberts of Leafly reported that in 2010 border agents searched fewer
than 400 cell phones per month. In February 2017, agents searched an estimated 5,000 cell
phones, looking for evidence of law-breaking activities, including anything alluding to the use or
possession of statewide legal cannabis.
This collaborative video was produced in-house by Marijuana Industry Group staff, with translation and talent services provided by Servicios de la Raza. The purpose is to help explain to non-citizens that marijuana, which is legalized in Colorado and other states, remains a federal Schedule I substance and is therefore illegal to grow, possess, sell or consume.