Folk rocker Neil Young says he has hit a delay in his application for US citizenship after admitting that he uses marijuana.

Despite living the US for more than 50 years, Neil Young still isn’t an American citizen but had planned to become a dual citizen so he could vote in the 2020 election.

“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,” he said in a letter to his fans on Friday.

But it seems his honesty may have gotten in the way.

He said he was asked to take another test “due to my use of marijuana and how some people who smoke it have exhibited a problem.”

Young, 74, went on to say that a recently-added clause was causing the delay.

It lists the use of marijuana, among other federally controlled substances, as a bar to establishing “good moral character.”


“[I] may lack Good Moral Character if found to have violated federal law, even if such activity is not unlawful under applicable state of foreign laws,” he continued.

“I sincerely hope I have exhibited good moral character.”

He told the New York Times that while he’s still a Canadian, he lived – and paid taxes – in the US.

“So, I want to register my opinion.”

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