“Cruel and Unjust”: The war on Drugs Snares Immigrant for Pot, Breaking a Virginia Family in Two

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Garfield Kenault Lawrence has been deported and separated from his family because of minor pot convictions. In September 2011, Melissa Lawrence was seven-and-a-half months pregnant and working as a waitress when she got the call. Immigration and Customs Enforcement had detained her partner, Garfield Kenault Lawrence. That he had arrived at age 11 and was a lawful permanent resident didn’t matter because Kenault had been convicted of small-time marijuana offenses. In January 2013, he was…

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