Mitch Daniels Arrested For Marijuana Possession In 1970

Indiana Governor, and 2012 hopeful, Mitch Daniels gave what was perhaps the most interesting and important speech at CPAC this year (see it here) but with greater notoriety comes greater scrutiny.

Now somebody has dug up the fact that the Governor was arrested for possession of marijuana back in 1970. The details:

Thursday, ran a glowing profile of Mitch Daniels and his chances should he decide to run for President. Now, the same website is also running a story that recounts a Daniels arrest in 1970. It spells out the details that led then-Princeton student Mitch Daniels to pay a $350 fine for an infraction tied to marijuana possession.

IUPUI political scientist Margaret Ferguson says it’s part of what comes with national exposure.

“The chances of some new story coming up are pretty small at this point, I think,” she says, “but it’s a higher level of scrutiny, a higher office brings higher levels of expectation.”

The marijuana story is well known in Indiana political circles. It was widely reported when Daniels first ran for governor in 2004. Democrats tried to make it an issue.

Obviously, Indiana voters don’t care much about the arrest if it’s been known since 2004 and yet Daniels is still governor. But does this matter on the national stage?

I don’t see how it can. Bill Clinton, infamously, claimed that he once put a marijuana joint to his lips and didn’t inhale (if memory serves I think he’s actually admitted that he did inhale since). President Barack Obama has admitted to having used drugs, marijuana specifically, in the past. President George W. Bush reportedly struggled with drug abuse in his past, and was an admitted recovering alcoholic.

So if Mitch Daniels got popped for marijuana possession over 40 years ago…does anyone really care? Of course, Politico points out that the investigation into Daniels went a bit further than mere possession:

According to campus newspaper reports supplied by the university, Daniels and two other students were swept up in a five-month joint investigation between New Jersey state police and local police that culminated in the May 14th, 1970 raid on Daniels’ shared room at111 Cuyler Hall.

Daniels and the two other students were initially charged with possession of marijuana, LSD and prescription drugs without a prescription and with ”maintaining a common nuisance by maintaining a place for the sale of narcotics.”

A local detective testified that police had seized “enough marijuana to fill two size 12 shoe boxes and quantities of prescription drugs were found in the room,” according to a dispatch in the Daily Princetonian, whose archives aren’t available online for that year.

The undercover state police officer involved in the sting visited Daniels’ room “eight or nine times” and “observed narcotics paraphernalia, saw marijuana and hashish being used, and purchased marijuana prescription drugs and LSD.”

Daniels was never implicated in selling the drugs, and has never hidden the incident. During his 2004 run for governor, a former roommate told the Indianapolis Star that Daniels “had nothing to do” with selling drugs, saying “I was busted.” The roommate went on to say he was no fan of then-President Bush and would have gladly offered unflattering information about a GOP candidate if he’d had it.

Police are pretty notorious for exaggerating the fruits of their investigations, and given that a five month investigation netted them just 3 arrests and convictions for pot possession it’s not hard to imagine that they were doing their best to make what they found a lot more substantial than it was.

I think the public is growing more accepting of marijuana, specifically, if not drug dealing generally. But if Daniels made a mistake in his past but went on to transcend that and find success anyway that should be mark in his favor not a smear on his character.

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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  • The Whistler

    Obama said in his book that he used cocaine as well. Must have fried out some important parts of his brain.

  • Fendell

    It was 40 years ago….stop being silly. This is not news. This is nonsense.

    • Rob

      I agree. Heck, I think marijuana should be legal, but even if I didn’t feel that way the fact that someone made a mistake when they were a kid and then overcame that mistake later in life is a mark in their favor as far as I’m concerned. Not a mark against them.

      I felt that way about Bush’s alcoholism. He had a problem. He found away to identify that problem and fix it, and he stayed true to that fix throughout his life.

      It’s a sign of strong character.

      • robert108

        This destroys your BS about marijuana laws ruining lives, port. Man up and admit you are guilty of hysterical exaggeration.

        • Rob

          Actually, I think it proves exactly the opposite. That pot is no big deal.

          And you’re certainly one to lecture about being hysterical!

          • Guest

            I love how robert108 can find a way to criticize literally every comment that Port makes…that takes persistence and creativity.

            I mean…even when robert108 and Rob Port agree 100% on the issue, robert108 still finds a way to dish it out on Port.

            Keep up the good work, robert108. Keep being a persistent SOB on SAB!

          • robert108

            You are ignorant of this, obviously, but port has been smearing me with lies for over four years on this blog, so we have a long history.
            I have lost all respect and regard for him, and it shows, which is my intent. I regard his scofflaw ideologies as being dangerous to our country, and will fight him every inch of the way.
            port is one of the bad guys.

          • robert108

            You’re confusing me with your buddy, the drama queen.
            No, his life proves you are wrong. Now, man up and admit it.
            You see, I don’t think pot, in and of itself, is a big deal. It’s pushers and scofflaws like you that make it into a threat by trying to force legalization on us through the courts. All good Americans should fight you in that effort. Stay in the shadows with your stupid and destructive behavior.

    • thormat

      Yes, get something current, at least.

  • Jimmypop

    “But does this matter on the national stage? I don’t see how it can.”

    if hes a hypocrite about it, yes it SHOULD matter. if hes been all about telling you how to live and HE didnt live that way, he SHOULD BE chastised. the ‘ive grown since then.’ crap is total joke. why do you get to ‘grow and learn’, but we somehow cant? if hes a good conservative and has said, ‘you do what you want. it is not the role of government to tell you how to live.’ then hes free and clear.

    put simply; liberals are supposed to be dirt bags. coke, week, hookers…its in their platform. the gop hold themselves as ‘moral’. Their God, their rules of behavior are in their platform. this is the price you pay for your hypocrisy.

    • two_amber_lamps

      Oh yes, heaven forbid someone espouses morals and virtues? Hurrah for moral relativism!!

      • Jimmypop

        it is not for you to tell others what to believe or who to believe in.

        a better way to state it; what if you HAD TO believe what i believed?

  • two_amber_lamps

    If leftists use dope, it’s expected. If a conservative admits to MJ use, it’s an unforgivable travesty in the eyes of the left and the media and they will wail and froth over the issue in their typical BDS/PDS (Bush/Palin Derangement Syndrome) fashion. Once again proof there’s a double-standard in what passes for the “impartial” media.

    • flamemeister

      In some strange way, liberals look to conservatives as though they were their parents: Mom & Dad smoking a joint! Reading porno! Saying one thing and doing another! My God! No wonder I’m a mess! Liberals —> Retarded development, spoiled children.

      • johnnylink

        I think the guy disqualified himself for having attended Princeton moreso than for having used marijuana.

        • 2hotel9

          Don’t forget the Georgetown connection, too. That and avoiding military service by ducking into college. A quick search turns up that he spent most of his non-public adult life working as a pharmaceutical industry flack. Surprised r108 is not screeching about that!

          • robert108

            I leave the screeching to you, violent druggie.

          • 2hotel9

            Poor little nazi, too stupid to wake up and see no one wants your anti-human sh*t. No wonder you voted for Obama.

  • devilschild

    I’m sure many people have done things while attending college they are not proud of. This was over forty years ago not last week. The US needs to come up with a different way to handle drug crimes. If his record has been clean of drug offenses since then than this should not even be on his record anymore. It is so hard to find talented people to run for office and when we do the media drags them through the dirt. Run for President Mitch!

  • WOOF

    Great to be young, rich and at Princeton.
    Controlled Substances Act (1970)
    First offense, LSD 1-9 grams mixed
    *Not less than 5 years or more than 40 years.

    *If death or serious injury, not less than 20 years or more than life

    *Fine of not more than $2 million per individual, $5 million other than individual

    • Jimmypop

      exactly….its hard to call the left demons when you are no better than they.

      if he is found to have ever given crap to willie or The One their drug use, hes SCREWED. and he SHOULD BE screwed. if he defended them, good for him for being honest. he should be in the clear.

    • flamemeister

      Some dude in TX got life for trace weed. They vacuumed out his car and his pockets & found a few bits—or so they said …

      • robert108

        Timothy Leary and his daughter got busted for a seed while crossing the border into Texas, and were sentenced to life. That excessive sentence got their case heard in the Supreme Court, which overturned the Fed pot law at the time, and resulted in the death of the FBN.
        New legislation was immediately passed under health standards, eliminating the self-incrimination built into the old law.

        • flamemeister

          Yeah, they were after Leary any way they could get him. The guy they vacuumed was just some poor schlump as I recall. Those were the days of hysteria. I believe it was an L.A. police chief (?) who spread the story that a bunch of hippies had had their eyeballs burned out of their heads staring at the sun while on acid—stuff like that was going around.

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            The guy they vacuumed was just some poor schlump [sic] as I recall.

            I believe it was an [sic] L.A. police chief (?) who spread the story …

          • flamemeister

            So, are you trying to say something? That there is something incorrect? What do you think would be correct? You don’t think that schlump is a word? That you don’t say “an L.A.” or “a Los Angeles”? Please let me know if that is what you are trying to say.

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            “That there is something incorrect?” is an incomplete sentence. It’s “a”, not “an”. I will leave the rest for you to figure out. I’m don’t have to clean up all the mess.

          • flamemeister

            What about schlump? Incomplete sentences can be used in a variety of circumstances, fool. Use of “a” and “an” are correct. Anger makes you silly, why is that?
            Who cleans up after you crap your pants like you did here? Miss Mylar? Your mom?

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            Grammar Mishaps: A vs. An

            How do I know when to use a or an before a noun/subject?

            Use the article “an” before a word beginning with a vowel.

            I ate an apple with my lunch.
            The jewelry was made by an East Indian woman.
            The growing boy had an enormous appetite.
            There are two exceptions with the article “an”:
            When the letter “u” sounds like a “y”, as in “you”, use the article “a”.
            When the letter “o” sounds like a “w”, as in “water”, use the article “a”.

            A U.S. navy ship was deployed from San Diego.
            My daughter wanted to be a unicorn for Halloween.
            She was a one-woman show.
            The Article: A
            Use the article “a” before a word beginning with a consonant.

            A clown performed at the party.
            I saw a peacock walking around loose at the zoo.
            The book was about a girl in the 1700s.
            There is one exception with the article “a”:

            Use “an” with a silent “h”.
            I will wait for an hour.
            He was an honorable man.

            The use of “an”, was wrong. Unless you think L is a vowel and not a consonant?

            I don’t have the time to explain to you that white isn’t black or that up isn’t down. You’ll have to find a way to get through life on your own.

            I just like pointing out your stupidity, here and there.

          • flamemeister

            “Los” starts with an “L”—use “a”.
            “L” starts with an “e” (el)—use “an”.
            L (play /ˈɛl/; named el, rarely ell).

            Hee-hee-hee. Sucker.

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            You are taking stupidity to knew bounds, I see.

            “elLos Angeles?”

          • flamemeister

            I see, you cannot understand my reply. Too bad. Others can. You market yourself well as a fool.

          • HG


            He wrote “an L.A. …” not “an Los Angeles…”

            But you knew that before you thought to type “elLos Angeles” in quotes, didn’t you.

          • Proof

            Hannitized, the nit picking nit said:

            “The use of “an”, was wrong”

            Er, no it wasn’t. Your pathetic attempts to show how “smart” you are only prove the opposite, Hanni. Every time.
            You are so mind numbingly stupid, Hanni, you should leave corrections of spelling, grammar and punctuation to those who, unlike yourself, have at least finished second grade.

            Google “An L.A.”, nitwit. Pick and choose among the 5,160,000,000 results that come up. There’s ten that prove you wrong just on the first page.

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            Funny, you claimed to have found evidence, but provided none of your own. Why don’t you show me where a professional writer has written “an L.A. officer” or something similar. Note: similar doesn’t meant things that don’t compare adequately.

          • HG
          • Proof

            How many millions of examples do you need, chowderheaditized?

          • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

            One will suffice. Cut and paste away. Let me see…

          • Proof

            Had you the brains to use the Google, as I instructed you, on the first page of 5,160,000,000 hits was an AP story: “Bryant sparks an L.A. trouncing at Madison Square Garden” written by a professional writer, who, unlike you, passed the second grade.

            There are literally millions of examples. How mind numbingly stupid could you be to miss them all? (Rhetorical question. We know.)

          • HG

            H, is the master of insignificant and irrelevent criticism. He rarely, if ever, posits anything. The only line of thought he can follow ends where he begins. And God forbid context should narrow his arguments. I know an 89 year old woment with more intellectual stability.

          • flamemeister

            He has some sort of weird thing going—like he’s trying desperately to keep it together, but all he’s got is bubble gum and pieces of string.

          • HG

            It’s tough to observe a disability not even adult supervision can moderate.

          • robert108

            Hanni has recreated the FICO/FICA thing in his tiny mind, and is running in circles like a hamster in his little wheel.

  • borborygmi

    was there anyone that didn’t smoke marijuana in the 70’s?

  • DopeyDem

    Surprised he hasn’t been elected into the California Hall of Fame yet.

  • SigFan

    Many if not most of us have done something in our pasts that we have come to realize was wrong, and that we do not continue in our lives today. If Daniels straightened out some years ago, admits that he was wrong and continues to show evidence of not using illegal substances since, then it should not be an issue. If we think that only the “perfect” or blameless qualify for office in this country, we will never elect another person until Christ returns. Even Obama, as long as he has quit and seriously repented for his youthful drug use should not have that used against him.

    “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
    Romans 3:23

  • Ggulrud

    Stop talking about Mitch, his only chance as a tabula rasa was to pander to the so-cons.

    He mistook the TEA ‘small limited government’ bloodoath for ‘fiscal restraint and discipline’.

    He reprised the Colon Powell ‘Big Tent’ scaremongering to mollify the left-of-center moneybags.

    Acid did this gnome no good at all. He’s as ‘locked in-the-box’ as a Russian nesting doll.

    The chick with the rack can kick his ass, literally.

  • HG

    So does an arrest for pot 40 years ago + a conservative 40 years later = hypocrisy?

    Maybe, have you seen how liberals do math? Just look at Obamacare or Obama’s budget.

    This is the best the libs can come up with? The guy wouldn’t even be arrested for the same offense today.

    What the hell do liberals care about someone smoking pot anyways? Hell they make up the majority of pot smokers.

    “When I was in England, I experimented with marijuana a time or two, and I didn’t like it. I didn’t inhale and never tried it again.” -Bill Clinton

    • robert108

      The fact that he has moved on from being a stupid and destructive pot smoker is to his credit, actually. He wised up.

      • HG


        However, liberals prefer to judge us by our past indiscretions no matter how insignificant today, especially if committed during our formative years.

        But the President can step out on his wife with a college intern in the oval office, and that’s none of our business.

  • jsknow

    Was this a problem caused by marijuana or marijuana PROHIBITION? The vast majority of problems attributed to marijuana are actually problems directly and completely caused by marijuana PROHIBITION!

    How many more lives have to be ruined by marijuana PROHIBITION before We The People step up and legalize marijuana?

    Why is the most useful plant known illegal? It’s illegal because corporations that buy politicians fear competition from superior, safer and more environmentally friendly hemp products and because the Government loves to oppress jail and steal from the people! Alcohol, tobacco, petroleum, cotton, timber, chemical and pharmaceutical companies, just to name a few, all see marijuana as unwanted competition. The best way for We The People to regain our Constitutional rights and liberties is to demand a complete ban on corporate lobbying. We are supposed to have Government of, for and by THE PEOPLE, not of, for and by corporations! Corporations are NOT people!

    Marijuana does not cause aggressive behavior. Marijuana does not cause dangerous driving. Marijuana does not cause cancer, brain damage or any serious health problems. Marijuana prohibition does not keep kids away from marijuana, illegal dealers don’t ask for ID. Marijuana is not a “gateway drug”, there is absolutely NOTHING about marijuana that causes people to use other drugs. Marijuana is not addictive. In fact marijuana is one of the safest substances known! Marijuana is SAFER than many foods we consume and give to our kids all the time! Exactly what good is this prohibition doing and who is benefiting from it?

    When was the last time you heard of the cops being called to break up a fight at a marijuana party? NEVER! When was the last time you heard about a marijuana consumer beating his wife? NEVER! The cops and the politicians know marijuana is no threat to society but they keep screaming their fear mongering marijuana lies at every opportunity. Did you ever wonder why?

    THE LAWS PROHIBITING MARIJUANA ARE NOT A RESULT OF ANY HARM FROM MARIJUANA. THEY ARE THE RESULT OF LIES, GREED and racism. Read the well documented proof of that and a lot more marijuana TRUTH in these two articles: “MARIJUANA AND HEMP THE UNTOLD STORY, Thomas J. Bouril” and “WHY IS MARIJUANA ILLEGAL, Pete Guither”, click the links to those articles on this webpage:
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    No matter which side of this issue you’re on PLEASE read the two articles linked above. It’s almost certain you’ll learn things about marijuana and marijuana prohibition that you never knew before.



    Legalize marijuana and stop funding criminals, gangsters, illegal aliens and terrorists with hundreds of Billions of $ every year. “When you fund something you get more of it” (Ron Paul). Does anyone really think we need more criminals, gangsters, illegal aliens and terrorists?

    Why should a substance that is far SAFER than aspirin ONLY be legal for those that have a serious ailment? Why should people be forced to use FDA approved poisons instead of a far safer more effective natural plant? Why should a plant that is SAFER than potatoes be regulated and taxed as if it was as dangerous as alcohol? Eating a couple of raw potatoes can give you a toxic reaction but marijuana is nontoxic. Why should people have their kids taken away from them when nontoxic marijuana is found in their home while tobacco is legal and if a baby was to eat even one tobacco cigarette the nicotine in that 1 cigarette could be fatal? Why should anyone be concerned about people using NONTOXIC marijuana when they have hundreds of far more dangerous and often deadly LEGAL substances under their kitchen sink, in their kitchen cabinets, in their medicine cabinets and in their garage? If adults can use those dangerous, even deadly substances safely, does any logical person really think they can’t use NONTOXIC marijuana safely and keep their kids safe without Government being involved or a Rx from a Dr? Marijuana is one of the SAFEST and most beneficial substances known to mankind!

    All major authorities agree that the vast majority of so called “drug-related” violent crime is caused by the prohibition of drugs, rather than the drugs themselves. It was the same during alcohol prohibition. Alcohol prohibition created violent criminal organizations just like every other drug prohibition has. These violent crimes should be labeled PROHIBITION RELATED, not drug related. Ending alcohol prohibition is exactly why you don’t see shootouts over that drug trade any more. THE YEAR ALCOHOL PROHIBITION ENDED VIOLENT CRIME FELL BY 65%! Marijuana accounts for roughly half of the entire illegal drug trade. Legalizing this one nontoxic plant that it is impossible to overdose on will take away HALF of all the illegal money that is funding all the illegal drug dealers.

    Pastor Martin Niemöller (1892–1984) speaking about the inactivity of German intellectuals following the Nazi rise to power and the purging of their chosen targets, group after group:

    First they came for the communists,
    and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a communist.
    Then they came for the trade unionists,
    and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionist.
    Then they came for the Jews,
    and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Jew.
    Then they came for me
    and there was no one left to speak out for me.

  • 2hotel9

    I see that nazi108 has thrown his support to a man who made a living shilling for a company that pushed psych-reactive drugs to young children. Why is Eli Lily one of your accepted narcotic delivery vectors? Do you get your psych-reactives at a discount from them, honey?

  • tucker

    How high does Mitch’s hypocrisy go? Because of him if a person in Indiana is convicted of a marijuana crime they are not allowed to receive food stamps, regardless if they or their family are starving to death. Mitch is a bitch!-hope I spelled it right