Mo. lawmaker pleads guilty to marijuana charges

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri House member has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of possessing marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Democrat Jeremy LaFaver of Kansas City entered the pleas during a brief court hearing Friday in Boone County. He was fined $200 plus court costs on each charge and paid the penalties before leaving the courthouse.

The 33-year-old lawmaker says he made a mistake and is glad the incident is behind him.

A state trooper stopped LaFaver last month on Interstate 70 in Boone County for failing to respond to charges in Moniteau County of driving with expired license plates. The trooper reported finding a glass pipe and a small amount of marijuana in the vehicle.

LaFaver paid a $125 fine in Moniteau County for the vehicle registration charge earlier this week.

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