Missouri State Representative Jeremy LaFaver (D) was arrested for possession of marijuana yesterday.
LaFaver, 33, was arrested at 3 p.m. yesterday evening in Boone County, Missouri. Police officers found a small amount of marijuana and a marijuana pipe in his car. He was initially stopped for failing to respond to a previous charge of driving on an expired driver’s license with expired license plates.
LaFaver was taken into custody and released after posting a $125 bail.
He has resigned from his position as chairman of the 2014 Missouri Democratic Party campaign. LaFaver says he has no plans to resign from his seat in the Missouri House of Representatives, however. LaFaver shot down that idea after the Missouri Republican Party called for him to “take genuine responsibility by resigning from the Missouri House of Representatives.”
LaFaver released a brief statement on his arrest today.
“I made a serious mistake, I apologize for it, and I am prepared to face the consequences of my behavior. I want to stress that I was not operating under the influence,” he wrote. “I deeply regret the embarrassment I have caused my family and the people of the 25th District by this incident. I want to assure my constituents that I have received no special considerations, nor do I expect to be treated any differently than any other citizen in my situation.”
Since his charge is for the possession of less than 35 grams of marijuana, Lafaver’s charge is only a misdemeanor.
Last year, LaFaver co-sponsored legislation that would have lightened penalties for misdemeanor marijuana offenders. The failed bill would have enacted a $250 fine for the possession of less than 35 grams of marijuana. Currently, offenders with this amount of marijuana can be punished with a $1,000 fine and sentenced to jail time.