Anti-marijuana lawmaker arrested for pot??

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Assemblyman Steve Katz was pulled over for driving 80 miles an hour on the New York State Thruway when the ticketing trooper smelled another offense.

“After noting the odor of marijuana, a New York State Trooper found Katz in possession of a small bag of marijuana,” police said in a release.

Assemblyman Katz put out a statement saying that he “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,” adding, “I am confident that once the facts are presented, this will quickly be put to rest.”

Katz is a veterinarian by profession.  The Albany Times Union noted a previous arrest for depositing a dead dog in a dumpster, and for allegedly harming a “feisty Chihuahua” during an examination.

Possession and growing of marijuana remain illegal under the federal Controlled Substances Act.  More than a dozen states have voted to legalize medical marijuana in one form or another. Washington and Colorado voted in November to legalize and tax the growing and sale of marijuana to adults.