A top economic adviser to Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) quit his position after he was caught attempting to bring marijuana into his Senate office building.
The aide, Marcus Stanley, was stopped by Capitol Hill Police at an entrance to the Hart Senate building on Tuesday when officers found him with “a green, leafy substance which tested positive for marijuana,” a spokeswoman told The Wall Street Journal.
Stanley faces a misdemeanor charge of marijuana possession. Boxer Spokesman Zachary Coile said Stanley submitted his resignation “because his actions yesterday were wrong and unacceptable.”
The arrest comes in the midst of a debate in Boxer’s home state of California on the use of marijuana for recreational use — a proposition on the ballot in November would make such use legal and establish a tax. Medical marijuana is already legal in the state.
Politico, which first reported the news, said that marijuana possession has been an ongoing issue at the Capitol Visitors Center. More than a dozen people have been stopped for bringing marijuana and other drugs into the CVC in the past year and a half, Politico reported.