Rep. Jeremy LaFaver Arrested for Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia Possession (UPDATE)

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Jeremy LaFaver.
Update: Following reports of arrest for marijuana possession, Representative Jeremy LaFaver resigned this morning as chair of the House Democratic Victory Committee, the campaign committee for the Democratic Caucus.

His staff just sent out the following statement from LaFaver: "The goal of electing Democrats to the House is too important to the middle class men and women of Missouri for my personal embarrassment to become a distraction, and I have therefore asked the Minority Leader to let me step down from the chairmanship."

Our original coverage of the incident is below.

Original post, 8:45 a.m.: On Sunday afternoon, Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers arrested Representative Jeremy LaFaver (D-Kansas City) in Boone county.

According to the arrest report, LaFaver was cited for possession of less than 35 grams of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and two misdemeanor warrants for failure to appear on traffic violations.

See also: Marijuana Legalization in Missouri: Rep. Rory Ellinger Plans Bill to Regulate Pot Like Colorado

Court records show the troopers dinged LaFaver for failure to register a motor vehicle back on April 19, and when he didn't show up to court, an arrest warrant was issued for him in early May.

According to the Missouri Times, the "paraphernalia" referred to in the arrest report was a marijuana pipe. Here is the full statement sent from LaFaver's office to Daily RFT:

Missouri State Representative Jeremy LaFaver (D-Kansas City) today apologized to his family and constituents, announcing that following a stop of his vehicle in Boone County on Sunday for failing to respond to a charge that he had operated his vehicle with an expired license tag and without insurance, he was cited with possession of a marijuana pipe and a small quantity of marijuana.

In announcing his arrest, Rep. LaFaver issued the following statement:

"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.

"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."

All further inquiries about this matter should be directed to Rep. LaFaver's attorney, William Ellis, of Columbia, MO.

LaFaver is a freshman legislator so sadly there's not a lot on his record in regard to marijuana legalization. We'll update as more information becomes available.

Follow Jessica Lussenhop on Twitter at @Lussenpop. E-mail the author at Jessica.Lussenhop@RiverfrontTimes.com.

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kevin_hunt
kevin_hunt

Sanjay Gupta, neurosurgeon and CNN's chief medical correspondent, is officially down with weed. In an article for CNN, the well-known medical personality apologized for dismissing the scientific value of medical marijuana research.

"It doesn't have a high potential for abuse, and there are very legitimate medical applications. In fact, sometimes marijuana is the only thing that works," he wrote. "We have been terribly and systematically misled for nearly 70 years in the United States, and I apologize for my own role in that."

Gupta, who changed his mind while in the process of making documentary on the subject, "WEED," found in a search of medical studies from the past year that only 6 percent investigated potential benefits of the drug, rather than its harms.

Blake Harris
Blake Harris

I'm more pissed that not only did he not register his car but didn't go to court for the ticket. Why did he think those laws didn't apply to him either?

John Price
John Price

He is a kid and kids smoke pot. Yet he is an elected official who has special duties and obligations to citizens and voters. He should resign in total.

Alex Peck
Alex Peck

Gee,a democrat?What a surprise!They've only trashed&bankrupted the whole city of st.louis.Why not smoke weed?

g1rag
g1rag

Can he write the fines and atty fees for this off his taxes ...as a 'worked related expense'?

Karl Wulff
Karl Wulff

They should smoke a joint, listen to some Sublime or Phish, and chill.

Mo Snark
Mo Snark

He should resign right after David Vitter and Mark Sanford resign

Christina Ann Tenti
Christina Ann Tenti

This is news? What about the laws being passed that disenfranchise, allow abuse, and discrimination? So much is wrong with the government here that this means nothing.

Darrell Ford
Darrell Ford

As I always told my employees, what you do in the privacy of your own home, is your business...Hell NO he shouldn't lose his job.

Gregg Thomas
Gregg Thomas

I think I'm more concerned with this: two misdemeanor warrants for failure to appear on traffic violations.

Chad Kitchen
Chad Kitchen

Let the man toke. And uhh let's talk about reform in this state.

Glen Cory
Glen Cory

That's 2 this month in Mo. I would ask that all state Rep's step forward now and support Show-Me Cannabis Regulation to end this Failed War On Drug's.

Steve Dixon
Steve Dixon

What he did was stupid only because he got caught. Its quite silly that pot is still illegal. This country wastes so much money battling pot when it could be making money by legalizing and regulating it.

Clyde Rhoads
Clyde Rhoads

regardless of your stance on whether marijuana should be legal, it is illegal in MO, and this representative should at least abide by the law, and not expect to be above it. He should be held accountable for his actions, and take whatever punishment he receives for his actions. furthermore, being that he has received criminal charges while in office, if those lead to a conviction, he should resign from office altogether.

Amy Wagner Freeman
Amy Wagner Freeman

IF marijuana was legal, taxed and regulated like alcohol (as it should be), no one would bat an eye at this. WHO CARES?!? He's not hurting anyone.

Robert A. West
Robert A. West

Personally I don't care, but if I were holding public office I'd like to think I'd be way more careful about that kind of stuff. He probably should have known better.

Blake Harris
Blake Harris

Imagine that, a democratic lawmaker showing complete disregard for the law. I'm sure we haven't heard the last of him. He'll probably end up in a higher position, pun intended for the future governor..

urbanpcguru
urbanpcguru

He shouldn't be that embarrassed, being Everyone Wants It Legal already!  And everyone know's it's way better for you than to have Alcohol put into your system!    I really don't think it was SO BAD, that He had to give up his position for choosing the Safer Substance.... As for the expired License and Tag!!  WTF!!?   Get your Life in order man!  -<>< Namaste & Shalom 

Ray Dwyer
Ray Dwyer

There is a lot more too it people! Legalization would destroy the SS and all their little cronies in your local community who try to make your lives hell if u use marijuana. Snowden touch on this subject where the nsa dea and your local cops are working together illegaly in terrorist ways agains locals who smoke weed.

lori_clayton1
lori_clayton1

Marijuana should be legalized in all states for everyone. This is only more proof how stupid the prohibition against marijuana is .

a.santiago76
a.santiago76

Gonzomurphy is correct.....This should not be a crime. Failure to register your vehicle and not knowing there is a warrant... Ummm that is a little careless and should show concern... How busy is his schedule? Was the "warrant" fabricated or actually missed and a situation that was already taken care of that wasnt updated in a system somewhere? Why are they asking he step down? Does he have a racey past or are the people asking just that close minded that there are no right and wrong on cannabis..... if they think this is the only house member utilizing this medicine its the people that need educated.

Mike Brown
Mike Brown

Who cares! It's need to be legalized anyway !

Beverly Booker
Beverly Booker

They need to legalize marijuana and there won't be a problem!

Courtney Ringle
Courtney Ringle

lol Compared to all the R's who I know that are coke addicts.. they still hold their jobs.

Erin Fuson
Erin Fuson

He fessed up and resigned....what else do you people want? Side note...maybe if more politicians were high, we'd find some creative ways to solve the world most pressing issues.

Michael Mahler
Michael Mahler

Legalize it and save taxpayers millions! It harms no one.

Chris Ferguson
Chris Ferguson

I guess he is Regretting not trying to pass a legalization bill this last session

Dave Muser
Dave Muser

He should become an advocate of reform. This is an opportunity for him

Tory Plays ToWin
Tory Plays ToWin

So much money to be made on both sides of this issue. Keeping it illegal allows the government to lock ppl up and gain free/cheap labor. I think they like that idea more.

John Sajo
John Sajo

Another hypocritical politician who fails to work for reform while secretly enjoying cannabis. Quit apologizing, admit you like cannabis because it enhances life and work for reform.

Travis Maurer
Travis Maurer

He's doing a disservice to his constituents who we know through polling support cannabis law reform. I would be willing to bet that he would garner more support if he stood up for himself and against the draconian laws.

Ladie Bugg
Ladie Bugg

Legalize. Or at least decriminalize.

DoucheMcGee
DoucheMcGee topcommenter

He only deeply regrets being caught.

kevin_hunt
kevin_hunt

@Dave Brown Good thing he's not a drunk like you!

kevin_hunt
kevin_hunt

@Clyde Rhoads Fuck the law.  As long as the banksters at HSBC and Bank of America are allowed to launder billions in drug money without getting arrested; people like Rep. LaFaver should not be sanctioned.

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