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Anti-medical marijuana New York assemblyman busted for weed possession

  1. Rob Cypher
    A Republican lawmaker in New York who has a record of voting against medical marijuana legalization has been arrested and charged with possession of marijuana.

    State police said that a suspicious odor was noticed in Assemblyman Steve Katz’s vehicle when they pulled him over for driving around 80 mph in a 75 mph zone at around 10 a.m. Thursday morning.

    “After noting the odor of marijuana, a New York State Trooper found Katz in possession of a small bag of marijuana,” a statement from state police said, according to the Times Union.

    Katz was given an appearance ticket for having less than 25 grams and is scheduled to appear in Coeymans Town Court on March 8. He also faces charges for speeding.

    Last year, the assemblyman voted against a bill that would have legalized medical marijuana in New York.

    Katz’ office said that he was expected to release a statement later on Friday.



  1. RoboCodeine7610
    The hypocrisy in this is just extraordinary.It's one thing for someone who voted against the measure to have tried marijuana before, or taken a hit from a joint.But someone who is caught smoking weed in his car while speeding, being a prominent politician and knowing the consequences if he got caught isn't just an occasional user.This guy is at the very least a weekly smoker.

    In any case, things like this only help our cause, and unveil the sheer ridiculousness of marijuana prohibition.One day, our kids will ask us what it was like during prohibition, much as we ask our grandparents what alcohol prohibition was like back in the day.

  2. Baba Blacksheep
    Nice find and it couldn't happen to a more reasonable and nicer guy it seems!
    Reap what you sow!
    As you say Robocodeine that this sort of thing only strengthens the arguement against this crazy prohibition and exposes the hypocrisy that surrounds it.
  3. blazeme
    What I don't get (in general) is why people advocate marijuana prohibition if they're using weed on regular basis. I completely agree with what Robo said. I would get it if a person tries weed one/two/x times and then they are against legalization, or people who despise psychoactive substances in general.
    That's their life-style, their choices (wrong or right, not relevant for this topic).
    If you're using and there are political reasons why you can't be pro-legalization, then isn't it better to be quiet? In many counties being pro-drugs is indeed political suicide, but that doesn't mean that you should say one thing to people and do completely opposite thing yourself.
    Horrible. And those are the people (politicians) who are supposed to represent whole nation.
    Thanks for interesting news article.
  4. Willyzh

    Good. Serves him right. And the people he was voting against just wanted to have pain relief. I wonder what his reason for smoking was? Whatever it was, he will have already established himself as against that reason...

    The only thing more ironic would be if he was also diagnosed with cancer... a fate I would not wish on anyone.

    As far as getting busted in your car... serves you right you hypocritical dumb F*CK!
  5. hookedonhelping
    And now you know why I hate two faced politicians. Being a proud New Yorker, this news should show the public the corruption that we all live with in one form or fashion.

    Katz Released the following statement:

    “In light of the unfortunate incident that occurred, I am compelled to address it briefly. First, 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,” said Mr. Katz. “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.”
  6. RoboCodeine7610
    As soon as the facts are presented it will be put to rest?? Wait, let me guess, he was holding it for a friend??

    I'm curious as to what excuse he thinks will put to rest the fact that a lawmaker that voted against multiple marijuana proposals got caught speeding under the influence of marijuana.Did he get a contact high from his friend with glaucoma whom he had just dropped off and forgot his bag of weed?

    I'm expecting it'll get pretty creative,

  7. blazeme
    [IMGR="white"]http://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=31690&d=1363543447[/IMGR]Being a nice citizen and all, he picked up a hitch-hiker on his way to wherever. Hitch-hiker dropped a bag of very potent indica in his car. Hitch-hiker left the car, totally forgetting about his weed. Weed accidentally dropped on car lighter, which ignited it.
    Poor assemblyman didn't realize that, and all of a sudden - he was breathing in marijuana smoke.
    Considering that it was very strong indica plant, he started nodding and pushed accelerator a bit too much.
    It was pure luck that policeman pulled him over, he could be killed by that evil, evil plant.
    He obviously should have hired me as a lawyer.

    On a more serious note:
    Well he was brief, alright. A hypocrite should not decide what should overshadow what.
    The fact that he didn't say anything, that he didn't make any decent comment about his case, is just silly. But then again, better be quiet then honest. Being honest can someone cost a career.

    Edit: Added picture (just a quick PS, for LOL), didn't want to spam thread :)
  8. Willyzh
    "I am confident that once a bunch of money is paid in my legal defense, this will quickly be put to rest."

    "I am confident that once I contract cancer, the medical marijuana issue will quickly be put to rest."

    "I am confident in being a liar and a fool."

    ^some stuff I imagine this sad sack of shit really saying.
  9. RoboCodeine7610
    Has this turned into a meme? Awesome! Here's mine:

  10. chopmow
    I would like to see him tested for other drugs, cocaine perhaps.

    come to think of it why are they all not given random tests? lol

    Or at least a test when they enter office, might have interesting results.
  11. RoboCodeine7610
    Maybe not politicians, because of their status and all, but I'd perform random drug tests on police officers, the ones that put you face down on the dirt when they find 2g of cocaine on you.

    For them to have the right to do that, the very least that should be required is that they prove they're better than the people they humiliate and lock up.And that includes alcoholism as well.

  12. electricjw
    Maybe he voted against medical marijuana b/c he just wanted it to be legalized in NY for everyone? Haha

    But seriously, this is whats wrong w/ our elected officials. They are hypocrites, or out of touch w/ the people they are representing, if not both. I also wonder what lobbyist has bought his vote against medical marijuana.
  13. Rob Cypher
    Medical Marijuana-Hating Assemblyman Caught With Marijuana Gets Charges Dismissed

    NY State Assemblyman Steve Katz, who was arrested for alleged pot possession last month after voting against the legalization of medical marijuana last year, apparently won't be forced to feel the full weight of his hypocrisy: an upstate judge has dismissed his case thanks to a plea deal.

    In March, Katz was pulled over at a car stop in Albany, and officers found less than 25 grams of pot in his vehicle. But the charge—a violation carrying up to $285 in fines—will be dropped, provided Katz completes 20 hours of community service and refrains from law-breaking for a year. "We said from the beginning that this would be quickly resolved, and it was. And we’re very happy this is done,” Katz's lawyer, Susan Chana Lask, told reporters yesterday. “[Katz is] more interested in doing his work for the people and the state as a civil servant and moving forward."

    Of course, Katz's "work for the people" has included serving on the Assembly's Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Committee, voting against legalizing medical marijuana last June and, just a few days before his arrest, releasing a statement pushing for the "struggle against illegal drug culture and the abuse of narcotics." But, hey, all that stuff's just for the little people, right? Oh, and along with the drug violation, Katz was ticketed for driving 15 m.p.h. over the speed limit, but that charge was also reduced to a lesser parking violation.

    Rebecca Fishbein
    April 26, 2013

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  15. MikePatton
    FUCKING ASSHOLE!! This guy should kill himself and do the world a favor instead of his "public service". Honestly I can't BELIEVE that he's keeping his position as a public official after this!! This is corruption at the highest level, this man was more than willing to let patients suffer through lack of medicine because of his unprecedented hypocrisy, and he calls that his "work for the people", that fat son of a bitch.
  16. RoboCodeine7610
    I can. People are stupid, and not overly concerned with the details of things. They just have general categories in which they put things; such as "good", "bad", "healthy", "unhealthy", "cool", "uncool"...You get the point.

    And in these broad categories they place things such as corruption, marijuana, working out or cheating on your girlfriend. They don't care about the specifics of how marijuana is good/bad for you or if something is hypocritical or not, unless it affects them in some way in which case they take it personally.

    A good example is pharmacists, which are people I work with every day. To most of them, pharmacology, drug-drug interactions and the inner workings of the human body are subjects completely detached from their day to day decision-making. They're just things they had to learn so they could pass the tests they had to pass to have an ok life. All that matters now is the wedding they were invited to next Friday, what the boss told them a couple days ago or how cute it is that their nephew is beginning to talk.

    People are stupid, you might want to get used to it.

  17. ImALumberjackAndImOK
    Of course he says that the matter is going to be put to rest once the full facts are released! Politicians know that there's more attention being paid now than there will be as the facts trickle out, and even then the people who are against drug use will probably be satisfied and forget about it, while the ones who want to expose his hypocrisy will lose steam... What a scumbag!

    I would bet dollars to donuts that the reason he voted down the M.M. legislation was because he has connections to some big-hitters in the industry who make more money selling it extralegally (outside of the law). They probably pay for his vote(s) in WEED!
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