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Originally published Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 9:31 AM

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NY GOP lawmaker to have pot charge dropped

Marijuana possession charges against a New York state assemblyman will be dropped if he completes 20 hours of community service.

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80 in a 65. 15 over is a felony. $75 fine, 20 hours community service. This is the same... MORE

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ALBANY, N.Y. —

Marijuana possession charges against a New York state assemblyman will be dropped if he completes 20 hours of community service.

The lawyer for Stephen Katz, a Republican from Mohegan Lake in the Hudson Valley, says there were difficulties in proving he had marijuana when he was stopped March 12 on the state Thruway. Police say they pulled him over for driving 80 mph in a 65 mph zone, smelled marijuana and found a small bag of the drug.

Susan Chana (HAH'-nuh) Lask says the marijuana charge, a violation, was adjourned in contemplation of dismissal. The speeding ticket was reduced to a parking violation. Besides the community service, Katz was fined $75.

A spokesman for Katz says the assemblyman would not comment.

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