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Neil Young’s weed habit might stop him from voting in the US 2020 election

Neil Young planned on voting in the 2020 US election but his application for citizenship has been delayed because of his honesty about marijuana use. The Canadian songwriter is now waiting to hear whether his citizenship will be denied, referring to a local policy enacted in April that states:

“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.”

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Neil Young might be denied the right to vote in the 2020 US election due to his marijuana use. Apparently he lacks a “good moral character.”

Young writes on his blog:

“I sincerely hope I have exhibited good moral character and will be able to vote my conscience on Donald J. Trump and his fellow American candidates, (as-yet unnamed).”

The 74-year-old rocker is a taxpaying resident in the United States, and he wants to become a US citizen to vote in the next presidential election. He recently applied for citizenship to the United States and he passed the test, he writes on his blog, which took the form of a conversation.

“I answered them truthfully and I passed,” he said. “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.”

This is not Young’s first interaction with the Trump Administration. Young’s 1989 song, Rockin’ in the Free World, was played at the announcement of Trump’s political candidacy without Young’s permission, prompting the musician and his lawyers to send cease and desist letters to Trump’s campaign.

Young will announce the results of his citizenship inquiry via his blog soon.

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November 12, 2019