Neil Young Faces U.S. Citizenship Application Delay Due to Marijuana Use

Neil Young penned a letter on his Neil Young Archives website this week about his experience attempting to obtain citizenship in the United States ahead of the 2020 presidential election.

"I want to be a dual citizen and vote," Young, who's a Canadian citizen, explained in a Nov. 8 post titled "I Have Been Very Successful in My Life." "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 that I must do another test, due to my use of marijuana and how some people who smoke it have exhibited a problem," he wrote in reference to a policy update issued by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services earlier this year.

Young continued: "The problem is defined in an April 19, 2019 addition under Attorney General Sessions. USCIS issued a Policy Alert which includes: '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 of foreign laws.'"

"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)," he added.

In an October interview with the Los Angeles Times, Young had said, "If everything goes as planned, I’ll be taking the oath of citizenship” soon after his Nov. 12 birthday. “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."

In the note on his website, Young promised to keep his fans posted about the status of his application.


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