Neil Young says his US citizenship has been delayed over his use of marijuana
In an interview last month with the Los Angeles Times, Neil Young revealed that he was expecting to become a U.S. citizen on November 12 while keeping his Canadian citizenship. But the folk-rock legend now reports that he's hit an obstacle in his plan.
In a message posted Friday on his official website, Young writes, "I want to be a dual citizen and vote. When I recently applied for American citizenship, I passed the test. It was a conversation where I was asked many questions. I answered them truthfully and passed. Recently however, I have been told I must do another test, due to my use of marijuana and how some people who smoke it have exhibited a problem."
Neil explains that the supposed problem regarding marijuana use is defined in a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services policy alert that was added in April 2019, and that includes the following: "An applicant who is involved in certain marijuana related activities may lack GMC [good moral character] if found to have violated federal law, even if such activity is not unlawful under applicable state or foreign laws."
Young goes on to write, "I sincerely hope I have exhibited good moral character and will be able to vote my conscience on Donald J. Trump and his fellow American candidates, (as yet un-named)."
In the Los Angeles Times interview, Neil, who moved to the U.S. more than 50 years ago, discussed why he wanted to become a dual citizen of Canada and the States.
"I'm still a Canadian; there's nothing that can take that away from me," he noted. "But I live down here; I pay taxes down here; my beautiful family is all down here -- they're all Americans, so I want to register my opinion."