A New York State assemblyman from the Hudson Valley was charged with marijuana possession after he was stopped for speeding, the authorities said on Friday. State Assemblyman Stephen M. Katz, a Republican from Mohegan Lake, N.Y., said an episode with the State Police this week was “unfortunate.”
The assemblyman, Stephen M. Katz, 59, a Republican from Mohegan Lake, was found with a “small bag” of marijuana when stopped on Thursday, the State Police said in a statement. Assemblyman Katz was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation that is punishable by a fine of up to $100.
In a statement, Mr. Katz said the episode was “unfortunate.”
“This should not overshadow the work I have done over the years for the public and my constituency,” he said, adding, “I am confident that once the facts are presented that this will quickly be put to rest.”
Mr. Katz, who was first elected in 2010, represents a district that includes parts of Putnam and Westchester Counties. As a Republican in the Assembly, which Democrats control, he is not especially influential, but he has made a name for himself as one of the more outspoken state legislators. (This week, for instance, he enraged fans of the Buffalo Bills by questioning the use of state money to entice the team to stay in New York.)
Mr. Katz has had previous troubles. A veterinarian by trade, he was once accused of illegally disposing of a dead German shepherd, and another time of allegedly attacking a Chihuahua he was treating. Both times, he said, he was exonerated.
On Thursday, Mr. Katz was pulled over around 10 a.m. after he was detected driving 80 miles per hour on the New York State Thruway in Coeymans, south of Albany, where the speed limit is 65 m.p.h. The State Police said the trooper who approached his car noticed the smell of marijuana, and then found Mr. Katz to be in possession of the drug.
Mr. Katz was released on an appearance ticket and is due in court on March 28.
The assemblyman, who is a member of the chamber’s Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, voted against a bill last year that would have legalized medical marijuana.
FUCK THIS DUDE. This is our government people. This nigga is one of the stronger anti-marijuana voices in NYS and then he gets arrested speeding and they find weed on him? Hyprocticial fuckboi taking bribes, I mean … being influenced by lobbyists. Meanwhile we’re locking up people for selling weed.
Lobbying + The Industrialized Prison Complex = MURICAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!
Politics fucking disgust me.