Anti-medical marijuana NY Assemblyman, Steve Katz, busted for marijuana possession
In what can be called a massive case of hypocrisy, a Yorktown, NY assemblyman who serves on the assembly’s Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Committee, was ticketed and charged for speeding, and of all things, marijuana possession, according to a CBS New York report Friday.
59-year-old Republican Assemblyman, Stephen Katz, was charged with the above south of Albany Thursday.
NY State Troopers say Katz was driving 80 mph in a 65 mph zone when he was stopped. Katz’s car was reaking of marijuana and the Assemblyman turned over a small bag of what appeared to be marijuana in a cooperative manner.
The man who once warned his constituents, “Our community has been stricken with an increase in drug use and drunk driving by our youngest citizens”, called his situation an “unfortunate incident”.
According to a USA Today report, Katz issued the following statement:
“I will not let this incident impede my public service and my calls for real mandate relief, a better economic climate and better services for those in need in New York,” Katz’s statement read. “This should not overshadow the work I have done over the years for the public and my constituency. I am confident that once the facts are presented that this will quickly be put to rest.”
Katz, a veterinarian, was elected in 2010.
Katz’s Democratic opponent, Andrew Falk, said the following, “It’s shocking behavior and inappropriate behavior, and as an attorney, I see the devastating effects of people who drive under the influence of drugs and alcohol,” Falk said. “I think no matter what your feelings are about what people do in the privacy of their own homes, this is just unacceptable conduct.”
Other have called Katz’s actions “hypocritical”.