Syrian Refugees Seek Asylum in Legal U.S. Weed States


ALEXANDRIA—Mustafa Khan is stranded with his wife and extended family waiting in line… again. They’ve almost completed the FBI’s two-year vetting process granting them asylum into the U.S. from war torn Syria. “I’ll never understand your politics,” says Khan. “I’m 77, walk with a cane, I’m blind in one eye… and I’m 77. You really think I’m a terrorist, or my four-year-old granddaughter is a jihadi?”

Khan goes on to describe a screening system that is inhumane and redundant. “I love America, always have,” says the septuagenarian. “I’m just disillusioned. I never expected to be running for my life – our lives – away from our homes in Aleppo. Many other Syrians like myself feel the United States bears some responsibility for what’s happened to our country.”

For that reason, Khan feels it would only be fair if the U.S. government honored his request to be settled in a state that has legal hashish. Khan’s daughter-in-law Amena adds, “We are so grateful to the U.S. for even considering to give us asylum,” she says, “but if there’s anything that can make us feel welcome it would be a big fat bowl of some dankness.”

Amena adds that top on their list of American states they’d wish to be relocated to are: Colorado, then Washington or California. “We’d even take Alaska or Washington D.C., but please, not Oklahoma,” she says. “They really don’t like us there and definitely aren’t going to load us a big fat bowl of some dankness.”