NY State Assemblyman Steve Katz has turned over a new leaf since getting busted for pot possession last year; though he had previously made a name for himself as an anti-medical marijuana crusader, all thatMINDBLOWING, SOUL-CRUSHING HYPOCRISY has turned him pro-pot. So much so, in fact, that that he skipped out on Governor Cuomo’s State of State for a “research” trip to Colorado, replicating those “cultural studies” trips legions of study abroad students take to Amsterdam’s Red Light District instead of writing papers on Le Petit Prince.
According to the Journal News, the Republican Assemblyman headed over to the country’s newest Stoner State earlier this week in order to learn about its now-legal marijuana industry. Colorado has reportedly made over $5 million off pot sales since the legalization went into effect just a week ago. “Extrapolate that to New York, where we are so starving for revenue,” Katz told the Journal News. “It could be a real revenue generator for our state. How do you turn that away right now, when every single indicator shows that medical marijuana has compounds that absolutely can help people?”