A Kansas City lawmaker resigned from a House Democratic campaign committee after reports he had been arrested for illegal possession of marijuana along with drug paraphernalia.
Rep. Jeremy LaFaver, D-Kansas City, was arrested Aug. 25 in Boone County by the state Highway Patrol when a scan of the license plate of the car he was driving showed he had unpaid traffic tickets.
LaFaver was a co-sponsor of a bill this year that would have lowered the penalty for possessing small amounts of marijuana.
The day following his arrest, the House Democratic caucus issued a statement that LaFaver had resigned as chairman of the Democratic Victory Committee, which raises and distributes funds for Democrats seeking legislative seats.
“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,” LaFaver was quoted as saying in a statement from House Democrats.
LaFaver is serving his first term in Missouri’s House.
The Missouri Republican Party has called on LaFaver to resign his seat in the House.
He had been stopped for failing to respond to a Moniteau County charge of driving with an expired license tag and without insurance.
“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,” LaFaver said in a written statement.