Neil Young Says U.S. Citizenship Bid Stalled By Marijuana Use


Neil Young said Friday his bid to become a U.S. citizen may be scuttled by his love of marijuana.

The singer, who turned 74 on Tuesday, said in a statement he shared on his website that he recently passed a citizenship test.

“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,” Young explained.

The problem, he said, is the U.S. government believes certain marijuana users lack “good moral character.” Weed is legal in many states but not at the federal level.

“I sincerely hope I have exhibited good moral character,” wrote Young, who has lived in the U.S. for more than 50 years, “and will be able to vote my conscience on Donald J. Trump.”

Young revealed last month that he sought U.S. citizenship because he wants to be able to vote. The singer was born in Toronto and raised in Winnipeg but moved to Los Angeles in the late ‘60s.

The musician, who was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2009, has no intention of turning his back on his birthplace.

“I'm still a Canadian; there's nothing that can take that away from me,” he told the Los Angeles Times. “But I live down here; I pay taxes down here; my beautiful family is all down here — they’re all Americans.”

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