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Neil Young Officially Becomes U.S. Citizen

Canadian rocker Neil Young has officially become a U.S. citizen.

“I’m happy to report I’m in,” the 74-year-old Young captioned a photo of himself saluting in front of an American flag and sign that says “Democrats register to vote here” sign. He added, “Vote your conscience.”

The Roll Hall of Famer’s application for American citizenship was delayed over his use of marijuana. Young has resided in the U.S. since the 1960s, when he moved to Los Angeles to pursue a music career.

“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,” Young wrote on his website in November. “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 celebrated in a video on Instagram, singing “I’m proud to be a Canarican” to the tune of “God Bless the U.S.A.” while waving around miniature American and Canadian flags.

“I’m still a Canadian; there’s nothing that can take that away from me,” he told the Los Angeles Times in October. “But I live down here; I pay taxes down here; my beautiful family is all down here – they’re all Americans, so I want to register my opinion.”

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