An anti-marijuana New York assemblyman was arrested for marijuana possession after an officer stopped him for a traffic violation.

New York state Assemblyman Stephen M. Katz (R) from Mohegan Lake was pulled over for speeding when a police officer found a “small bag” of marijuana on Thursday. Katz was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, punishable by a fine of up to $100. Shortly after the arrest, Katz issued a statement.

“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.”

Katz became a victim of the very system he helped perpetuate. Luckily, he isn’t influential in the New York state legislature, being that Democrats hold the majority. He has a troubled past, however. As a veterinarian, he illegally disposed of a dead German shepherd, and allegedly intentionally harmed another dog he was treating.

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