Jeremy LaFaver Could Face Seven Years In Jail For Possession Of Pot

Jeremy LaFaver, a Missouri State Rep, was arrested yesterday, accused of possessing 35 grams of marijuana.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol's report of the arrest, which was cited by, said that the State Representative and lawmaker was pulled over by cops for failing to respond to a previous charge.

In that charge, the police say that LaFaver drove his vehicle with license tags which had expired. As a result, he was charged by the arresting officer for failing to appear in the traffic court.

In a statement, Jeremy LaFaver, who is also the chairman of the Missouri House Democratic Victory Committee, apologized, saying:

"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 continued, "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."

Even though marijuana is legal in some states, including Colorado, the law in Missouri is very strict. The Show-Me State is considered to be one of the most anti-pot states in the United States. Possession of marijuana in Missouri, up to 35 grams, is considered a class A misdemeanor and carries up to a year in jail and a fine.

If a person is found possessing more than 35 grams of the drug, the offense turns into a felony and can see the person behind bars for up to seven years. Missouri State Rep. Jeremy LaFaver will be hoping that the amount of marijuana found on him by the police amounts to less than 35 grams.