Finally, Neil Young has become a U.S. citizen as the Canadian was eventually granted his citizenship this week.
TMZ has shared a video of Neil Young exiting the Tom Bradley Hall at the Los Angeles Convention Center waving an American flag in one hand and his newly granted paperwork in the other while accompanied by his wife Daryl Hannah.
The singer was reported as saying the main reason behind pursuing his American citizenship was to vote against Donald Trump. He pushed that theory further down the line as he shared an image of himself saluting while standing next to a sign that read “Democrats Register to Vote Here,” on his Neil Young Archives site.
The caption read “Vote your conscience” with an American and Canadian flag either side. The California primary arrives on March 3rd and will see the 74-year-old get his first chance to cast his vote.
Young would’ve liked to have been granted citizenship much earlier but Young’s penchant for a puff had seen him pushed down the order. “When I recently applied for American citizenship, I passed the test,” Young wrote on his website in November. “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.”
Blame Jeff Sessions as the Attorney General announced a new immigration policy that acted more stringently against marijuana users. Chapter 5 of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ “Conditional Bars for Acts in Statutory Period” claims using marijuana “continues to constitute a conditional bar to GMC [Good Moral Character] for naturalization eligibility, even where such activity is not a criminal offense under state law.”