Assemblyman Steve Katz will be attending a news conference tomorrow in Las Vegas as part of his push to expand the marijuana industry in the country.
Katz, R-Yorktown, Westchester County, announced last month that he was teaming up with a California venture-capital firm to seek investments in the marijuana sector. Katz was ticketed last March on the Thruway near the Capitol for marijuana possession and speeding.
Since the high-profile stop, Katz has been an advocate of legalizing marijuana — both for recreational and medicinal purposes. He voted to legalize medical marijuana in New York last year after previously voting against it.
Katz is part of the ArcView Investor Network, which said in a news release yesterday that it’s bringing together “cannabis pioneers, candidates for Congress and high net-worth investors from around the world eager to invest in the fast-growing legal cannabis industry.”
The company called it “Shark Tank-like pitch forum.”
The news release referred to “Dr. Steve Katz, Republican New York assemblyman who has announced plans to invest millions in the industry.”
A Katz spokesman said the assemblyman, who is a veterinary, received permission from the Assembly minority leader to attend the event and miss session, which this week kicked off with Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s budget address Tuesday and runs through tomorrow.