Canadian-born Neil Young's marijuana use may prevent him from obtaining dual citizenship in the U.S. According to a post on his official website, NeilYoungArchives.com, his moral character is being called into question.
In a recent interview with The Los Angeles Times, Young — a 55-year-California resident — explained why he wants the dual citizenship, stating, "I’m still a Canadian; there’s nothing that can take that away from me. 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."
Young's post of NeilYoungArchives.com reads:
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 problem is defined in an April 19, 2019 addition under Attorney General (Jeff) 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.