Neil Young officially became a United States citizen on Wednesday at the Convention Center in Los Angeles, CA, according to TMZ.
As a result of Young’s honesty during the interview portion of the legal process, he was initially denied citizenship when he truthfully answered questions about his use of cannabis. The native Canadian informed his fans back in November that his efforts to become a U.S. citizen in the hopes of one-day voting President Donald Trump out of office were thwarted by a recent mandate from then-U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
The policy addition under Sessions stated, “Any applicant who is involved in certain marijuana-related 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.”
Young has been a resident of Southern California since the 1960s, and has also been publicly critical of President Trump–particularly in the president’s lackluster response to California wildfires in 2018. Young also spat publicly with the president when he forbade Trump from playing “Rockin’ In The Free World” at his rallies.
Young stated last year that he would be taking the remainder of 2019 off from touring in order to focus on archival film releases, and has not announced any tour dates for 2020.