Neil Young has always been a proud Canadian, but recently applied for dual citizenship with the United States.
The singer was supposed to have his application approved this week so he can vote in the 2020 U.S. election but a post on his website reveals that despite him passing his citizenship test, his application has been denied because of marijuana use.
“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 that I must do another test, due to my use of marijuana and how some people who smoke it have exhibited a problem,” the post reads.
The “Rockin’ In The Free World” singer then explained the process.
“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 or 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).
I will keep you posted, but I don’t think I will be able to remain parked here during the proceedings.”
In another interview with The Los Angeles Times, Young explained why he has made the choice now to become a dual citizen.
“I’m still a Canadian; there’s nothing that can take that away from me,” he told the publication. “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.”