Anti-Pot New York Politician Charged with Possessing Pot
Voted against legalizing medical marijuana
A Putnam County assemblyman received a ticket for marijuana possession Thursday after he was stopped for speeding on the New York State Thruway.
Assemblyman Steve Katz, a 59-year-old Republican who voted no last year on a bill to legalize medical marijuana, had been traveling 80 mph on I-87 through Coeymans, N.Y., where the speed limit is 65 mph, state police said. During the speeding stop, police said a trooper noted the odor of marijuana and found Mr. Katz in possession of a small bag.
State police released Mr. Katz with a ticket and ordered him to appear in court on March 28. He didn't immediately return a call for comment.