Neil Young, who is quite outspoken about American politics despite remaining a Canadian citizen, was scheduled to have his American citizenship approved this week so he could vote in the upcoming election. In a post on Neil Young Archives, the renowned musician that his approval has been delayed because of his marijuana use.
"I want to be a dual citizen and vote"https://t.co/NTyhzIEehG
— NME (@NME) November 10, 2019
Young revealed that his dual citizenship was delayed despite passing his citizenship test and being scheduled to take the oath on Tuesday, November 11th. “I want to be a dual citizen and vote,” Young wrote. “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.”
Young went on to detail a USCIS Policy Alert, which defined the problem in an April 19th, 2019 addition under Attorney General Sessions. “‘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,'” Young quoted. “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).”