Katz voted against medical marijuana bill


Assemblyman Steve Katz, R-Yorktown, voted against the legalization of medical marijuana last year in the state Assembly.

He was ticketed yesterday for allegedly having a bag of weed in his car after police “noted the odor of marihuana.”

Katz, a veterinarian, voted against the legalization of medical marijuana during a vote on June 13. It passed 91-52, with most Republicans voting against it.

After Gannett’s Albany Bureau broke the story today, here’s the news release that State Police put out today.

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.


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  1. Hypocrites! Why are we still caging Americans for choosing a substance safer than what the government allows? BTW, the jerk shouldn’t be smoking while driving!
    FACT Marijuana is less addictive and less harmful than Caffeine, let alone Alcohol and Tobacco; (3 Scientific Studies)
    BTW, Dr Henningfield is a former NIDA Staffer;.
    Addictiveness of Marijuana – ProCon.org.

  2. tea-baggers do do hypocrisy well. someone better lock up the ketamine at his vet clinic.

  3. crazy katz, get your facts straight, the tea party movement is in favor of legalizing drugs. They don’t see the point of spending the money on enforcement & incarceration.

  4. tacony palmyra on

    Hilarious. This is similar to how anti-gay legislators constantly get caught engaging in gay sex in public bathrooms and parks… you gotta think, if people are so strongly against something that is so prevalent in society, is it because they’ve got something to hide? As a straight man I don’t care what sexual practices others engage in, as long as its consensual. I don’t smoke marijuana, but I don’t really care if others do.

    And yeah, obviously this country wastes millions of dollars enforcing marijuana laws that could be better spent on a host of other things. This is where the Republican line of thought about spending really starts to break down.

  5. Barbara Mazer on

    This is why politicians have such awful reputations as a group.Marijuana is illegal plain & simple. It is illegal to under the influence of drugs. It does not matter what the ” Reason” for the use is. There is no such thing as “smoke-delivered medication and there are plenty of legal alternatives for ANY diagnosis you may have……so don’t even go there. The hypocrisy of politicians and the gullibility of the electorate are slowly undermining our health and our society.This is serious stuff that will spun out as a joke…..too bad for us.

  6. illegal drug on

    hypocrite, he voted against marijuna use for medical reasons. but he believes it is ok for recreational use. what a joke he is as a politican.

  7. Wasn’t a good bill so he didn’t vote for it. We would’ve ended up with what jersey got and that’s a law nobody uses. What we need is a medical marijuana law modeled after California.

  8. copied from the wall street journal on

    Dr. Steve Katz, Meet ‘Eloise’

    The Assemblyman, the Republicans, and the honor student By Jim McKean | 11:45 am

    Local Voices


    Posted on March 20, 2013 at 11:45 am 1 Comment No, Steve, her name isn’t really Eloise. We’re just using that because she’s 14, and her actual name is protected. Who is she? The student here in Yorktown who was suspended for three months for possession of a marijuana cigarette. Unlike you, she didn’t get to just hand it over to the cop – oh, sorry, in your case it was a whole bag of the illegal controlled substance, not just a joint –and speed off with only a ticket and a small fine. Why not? Help me with this, Steve, I’m having a bit of trouble understanding what’s going on here. Like all the parents in your district, I’d like to explain to my sons just how their elected official, who has been so forthright in his denunciation of drugs, and so insistent on ‘family values,’ can square being a lawmaker with such brazen flouting of the law. But you seem to have disappeared. I called your office and left my number yesterday morning; where have you gone? Since you’ve gone astray, I thought I’d call the head of your party in the Assembly — Brian Kolb. He seems to have a moral compass: after all, on his website he says “Once a model of leadership, decades of scandal, corruption and mismanagement have reduced our state government to a national laughingstock.” He goes on to say: “Assembly Republicans believe we can do better and we must do better. We believe citizens deserve a more honest, ethical and responsive state government.” Honest. Ethical. The citizens deserve better. Sounds good to me. I was curious as to what he would say about your arrest. But I never heard back from him either. Too busy, I guess — even for an aide to return my call. He did have time for a press conference. No wonder he didn’t want to talk to me — or anyone else, for that matter. Just listen to what he had to say yesterday: “We had a good conversation, and certainly I think what Steve wants to focus in on is moving forward, representing his district and then he’ll deal with the infraction through the legal process.” And let you stay on the Assembly Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Committee. And continue to get your $9,000 stipend for serving as the ranking member on the Assembly Mental Health Committee. And your salary of $79,500. “I’ll let the process take its own course,” Kolb said. “I want to see what the result of all that is, in fairness to him.” So, Steve — and Brian — what do we tell Eloise? What do we tell our kids? That talk is just talk when it becomes a matter of power. If you’re on the inside, laws don’t apply to you. I, and all my fellow members of your district, want to hear it, straight from you: why has Eloise’s life been ruined by a teenage transgression while you get off with a ticket and a press release? How is it that a lawmaker gets to obey the laws he wants to and laugh at the ones he doesn’t? How is it that our representative gets pulled over speeding with a bag of marijuana, stoned at 10 in the morning on his way to work, and his boss has a ‘good conversation’ with him? And where are all the rest of your colleagues? Silence. In fairness to us, Steve how is it that you are even still in office? Have you no shame? Do you think you can do something like this and that in a few weeks you can just stroll into a meeting and get clapped on the back and applauded by your grateful constituents? We have seen your true character, or lack of it; sadly, we have now seen that your colleagues are so addicted to power that they are down there in the gutter with you. LoHud: Assemblyman Steve Katz, Critic of Sheldon Silver, Had Sex-Harassment Court Fight Wall Street Journal: Two Prior Arrests for Illegally Dumping Body of Dead Dog