Supreme Court rules in favor of Jamaican man deported from U.S. for pot possession

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled in favor of a longtime resident of the United States from Jamaica who was deported from the United States over possession of a small amount of marijuana.
The justices said in a 7-2 decision that Adrian Moncrieffe should have had the opportunity to contest his deportation.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor said in her opinion for the court that marijuana offenses must involve either the sale of the drug or possession of more than a small amount to count as serious enough to warrant automatic deportation.

 

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