Assemblyman Steven Katz - Strong Opponent to NY Safe Law - Arrested for Marijuana PossessionSubmitted by celeste on Sun, 03/17/2013 - 08:43
(CBS) NEW YORK - Steven M. Katz, a New York State assemblyman who has publicly condemned the use of drugs, was arrested and charged with marijuana possession during a traffic stop on Thursday, police said, according to The New York Times.
A case of a pot-smoking lawmaker calling the kettle black?
Katz, a 59-year-old Republican from Mohegan Lake, N.Y., was stopped for speeding on a state thruway in Coeymans, on Thursday morning. After noting the odor of marijuana, a State Trooper found "a small bag of marijuana" in Katz's possession, New York State police said in a statement.
According to the paper, Katz was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana. In a statement obtained by the New York Times, Katz called the incident "unfortunate."
In recent weeks, Katz has been a strong voice in opposition to the NY SAFE gun control law, and has introduced legislation to repeal it.
According to The Times, he voted against a bill in 2012 that would have legalized medical marijuana.