Canadian citizen and famed singer-songwriter behind the hits “Rockin’ in the Free World” and “Heart of Gold,” Neil Young, has been on track to become an American citizen. At the age of 74, only one thing stands in his way—cannabis consumption.
Although Canada remains ahead of the states in voting to federally legalize recreational cannabis in June 2018, Young’s cannabis consumption has come under scrutiny. On a post to his website, Young described his potential issue. “I was asked many questions. I answered them truthfully and passed,” Young wrote. “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 Young is referring to is the recent change to naturalization and those who partake in cannabis activities. “An applicant who is involved in certain marijuana 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,” according to the United States’ naturalization law update.
Young continued to share that he hoped to have exhibited good moral character in order to overcome this obstacle.
In October, before Young’s roadblock to gain American citizenship, he interviewed with Los Angeles Times. Young shared, “I passed all the tests. I got my appointment and if all goes according to plan . . . I’ll be taking on oath of citizenship here on Nov. 21.”
He also expressed his excitement for being able to vote in the next U.S. presidential election. “But I live down here; I pay taxes; my beautiful family is all down here—they’re all Americans, so I want to register my opinion,” he said regarding voting.
Now, only time will tell if Young will receive the citizenship that he has long awaited.