Neil Young’s application for US citizenship has been delayed due to his penchant for a bit of marijuana, he has revealed. He had been expecting to officially become a United Statesian this week.
“I want to be a dual citizen and vote”, he wrote on his website this morning. “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 highlights a recent addition to US immigration policy which states that someone who is “involved in certain marijuana related activities may lack GMC (Good Moral Character) if found to have violated federal law”.
“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 says. “I will keep you posted, but I don’t think I will be able to remain parked here during the proceedings”.
Young revealed that he was on the verge of becoming a US citizen in an interview with The LA Times last month, explaining he was expecting to take the oath of citizenship on 12 Nov.
“I’m still a Canadian; there’s nothing that can take that away from me”, he added. “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 [by voting in the US]”.
Young has lived in the US for decades, of course. And has never felt the need to vote there before. He has, however, had various run-ins with Donald Trump during the current President’s brief political career, and has particular concerns about the current Commander In Chief’s climate change denying policies.