Rock icon Neil Young said on Friday that his bid to become a U.S. citizen is in jeopardy because he was honest with immigration authorities about his cannabis use. Young is a Canadian citizen but has lived in the United States for decades.
In a statement posted to his website on Friday, Young said that he had decided to become a U.S. citizen so that he could vote and reported initial success navigating the naturalization process.
“When I recently applied for American citizenship, I passed the test,” Young wrote. “It was a conversation where I was asked many questions. I answered them truthfully and passed.”
But recently, he heard again from immigration authorities and was “told that I must do another test, due to my use of marijuana and how some people who smoke it have exhibited a problem.”
Do Cannabis Users Lack Good Moral Character?
That problem, Young was told, stems from a clarification of policy made by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in April. In it, authorities wrote that applicants for citizenship “involved in certain marijuana related activities,” even if they are legal under state law, may lack good moral character, citing the continued prohibition of cannabis under