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NY Assemblyman Who Voted Against Medical Marijuana Bill Ticketed For Possession

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A New York State legislator was ticketed for marijuana possession Thursday, after officers pulled him over for speeding and found a small bag of marijuana in his car. Assemblyman Steve Katz (R), a veterinarian, voted against a bill last year to legalize medical marijuana in the state,claiming on the Assembly floor that, “as far as the medical marijuana element of this for intractable pain, or what have you, you have an answer for that already and truly you can get it if you need it.” Katz is a member of the state’s Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse. Just this month, he put out a statement decrying his community’s “struggle against illegal drug culture and the abuse of narcotics,” according to the New York Daily News.