Neil Younger says US citizenship ‘delayed over marijuana’

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Canadian rocker Neil Younger hopes to turn into a twin citizen


Canadian-born rock star Neil Younger has mentioned his utility for US citizenship has been delayed partly as a result of he smokes marijuana.

Younger says he handed the citizenship take a look at however was instructed he needed to take one other to show “ethical character”.


In April, the US authorities clarified that utilizing marijuana and different medication was a “bar to establishing good ethical character for naturalisation”.

Younger, who turns 74 this week, has lived within the US because the mid-1960s.

In a submit on his web site, Younger described passing the citizenship take a look at after “a dialog the place I used to be requested many questions” that he “answered honestly”.

“I wish to be a twin citizen and vote,” he mentioned. “Not too long ago nonetheless, I’ve been instructed I have to do one other take a look at, attributable to my use of marijuana.”

On 19 April, the US Division of Homeland Safety issued a coverage alert clarifying that “violation of federal managed substance legislation, together with for marijuana, stays a conditional bar to establishing good ethical character for naturalisation even the place that conduct wouldn’t be an offence below state legislation”.

California, the place Younger lives, legalised hashish for leisure use in 2018.

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“I sincerely hope I’ve exhibited good ethical character and can be capable to vote my conscience on Donald J Trump and his fellow American candidates,” he mentioned in his submit.

President Donald Trump has used Younger’s 1989 hit Rockin’ within the Free World at marketing campaign occasions, although Younger has been crucial of the president.

In 2014, Mr Trump referred to as Younger one in every of his favorite musicians.

However Younger has mentioned on his web site that the president doesn’t have his permission to play the track.

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Younger, seen right here in 1982, has lived within the US most of his life

“Legally, he has the appropriate to, nonetheless it goes in opposition to my needs,” Younger wrote final yr, including that he had requested Mr Trump to cease utilizing his music after it was utilized in his candidacy announcement.

“Nevertheless, he selected to not take heed to my request, simply as he chooses to not take heed to the numerous American voices who ask him to cease his fixed lies.”

Different artists have additionally spoken out in opposition to Mr Trump’s use of their music via license loopholes, together with Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler, Rihanna, and Axl Rose of Weapons N’ Roses.

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Simply so ya know… GNR like plenty of artists against the unauthorized use of their music at political occasions has formally requested r music not b used at Trump rallies or Trump related occasions.

— Axl Rose (@axlrose) November four, 2018

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