As per reports, Neil Young’s application for US citizenship has been delayed due to his honesty when asked about cannabis use. Namely, Young stated that he didn’t fail “the citizenship test” but nevertheless, has been asked to undergo another one because he uses cannabis and some people have a problem with it.

During his period in office as Attorney General, Jeff Session proposed an immigration policy imposing certain restrictions regarding cannabis use and citizenship. In April 2019, the US authorities have agreed that anyone applying for citizenship must have GMC (Good Moral Character), which, as they assume, is lacking in applicants who have been involved in any cannabis-related activities. 

In a nutshell, such activity doesn’t necessarily have to be banned by the current laws of a particular foreign country in order for it to be considered a deviation from federal law.

In several of his interviews and books, Young has openly spoken of cannabis use. For instance, in 2012, he wrote about being apprehended for illegal cannabis possession along with the rest of Buffalo Springfield, his band during the 1960s. Furthermore, in 2014, he wrote that he used to have all-nighters in August 1976, while writing his album “Hitchhiker”.  Neil stated that he used to stop working on it “only for weed, beer, or cocaine.” Also, in one of his interviews for The Los Angeles Times, he reported that he quit cannabis use in 2011, but has begun again.

The artist, who has most of the time lived in the US since the late 1960s, explained why he needs to obtain the US citizenship: “I pay taxes down here; my beautiful family is all down here–they’re all Americans, so I want to submit my opinion.”  As Young further remarks, he sincerely hopes he has shown good moral character so that he’s allowed to able to express his opinion on the current US president and the presidential candidates.