Steve Katz, a New York State assemblyman from the Hudson Valley who voted against the legalization of medical marijuana last year was charged with marijuana possession after he was stopped for speeding, the authorities said on Friday. Assemblyman Katz was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation that is punishable by a fine of up to $100.
“He was alone and cooperative,” said the police, who ticketed him for a small baggie and going 80 in a 65 mph zone.
NEW YORK STATE POLICE
Major Robert C. Meyers
Troop T Commander
Albany, NY – March 15, 2013
At approximately 10:00 AM on March 14, 2013, State Police arrested STEPHEN M. KATZ, age 59, of Mohegan Lake, NY for the violation of Unlawful Possession of Marihuana following a traffic stop on the New York State Thruway in the Town of Coeymans. While northbound on I-87, Mr. Katz was stopped for traveling at 80 miles per hour in a posted 65 miles per hour speed zone. After noting the odor of marihuana, a New York State Trooper found Katz in possession of a small bag of marihuana. MR. KATZ was released on an appearance ticket to appear in the Town of Coeymans Court on March 28th.
Below is Assemblyman Katz’s press conference on his arrest.