Police pulled over the lawmaker while he was driving in Boone County. LaFaver had a warrant for previously driving with an expired license and without insurance, and failing to appear in court. During the stop, they found less than 35 grams of pot and a pipe in the vehicle. He was arrested and then released on bond.
LaFaver, who was elected to the Statehouse in November as a Democrat, quickly apologized for his transgression. "I made a serious mistake and I'm prepared to face the consequences of my behavior," he stated. "I want to stress I was not operating under the influence."
LaFaver's decrim bill HB 512 never made it out of committee. It would have lessened the penalty for a marijuana possession arrest to a $250 fine. Now, he's facing a fine of up to $1,000 and a year in jail.
"I want to assure my constituents that I have received no special treatment," LaFaver added. "Nor do I expect to be treated any differently than any other citizen in my situation."