Published Nov 11, 2019Neil Young shared some rare personal details over the weekend — the Canadian singer-songwriter has had his U.S. citizenship application stalled because his history of using cannabis.
Young was set to take his oath of citizenship tomorrow (November 12) in an effort to gain dual citizenship between the U.S. and Canada, but according to a post on his website, the songwriter received notice that he'll have to "do another test due to [his] use of marijuana and how some people who smoke it have exhibited a problem."
Young cites a USCIS Policy Alert that could point to the difficulties he faces in his application. The policy reads, "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."
In Young's post, he wrote, "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."
Young has been outspoken in his career about political issues, including those in the U.S. (where he's lived for decades) and more recently about the controversies concerning Donald Trump's presidency. The singer-songwriter also appeared eager to try to vote out the current president in the 2020 American election.
"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 wrote.
Whether or not Young will be able to clear his name for his application is unclear.
Young released his new record Colorado with Crazy Horse last month.