Neil Young’s marijuana use might spell trouble for his US citizenship application

“I want to be a dual citizen and vote.”

Neil Young with les paul

Image: Brian Rasic / WireImage

When you purchase through affiliate links on Guitar.com, you may contribute to our site through commissions. Learn more

According to Neil Young, his application for a US citizenship may have been delayed thanks to the “good moral character” clause of the process.

The Canadian rocker revealed recently that he passed the initial test for dual citizenry, only to be informed that a second test was required of him due to his marijuana use. “I want to be a dual citizen and vote. 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 wrote on his website, neilyoungarchives.com.

“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 has resided in the United States since the late 60s and has expressed his desire to take the oath of citizenship after his 74th birthday (12 November).

Young was also in the news recently for expressing his opinion on the likelihood of a Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young reunion. While he remains optimistic, Young hinted at tense relations with Crosby. “I don’t know what happened with David. I got nothing to say. I love Stephen. I love Graham. I can hold a grudge with the best of them but only if there’s a reason for it,” he said.

For more music news, click here.

Related Artists

Related Tags


The world’s leading authority and resource for all things guitar.

© 2024 Guitar.com is part of NME Networks.