Perhaps the most pivotal day of Daniels’ four years at Princeton was May 14, 1970 — the day of the drug arrest that Daniels thought would sully his political future. Officers found enough marijuana in his room to fill two size 12 shoe boxes, reports of the incident say. He and the other inhabitants of the room were also charged with possession of LSD and prescription drugs without a prescription. Daniels and his two roommates in 111 Cuyler Hall, Marc Stuart ’71 and Richard Stockton ’71, were arrested and, after plea bargaining, Daniels eventually escaped with a $350 fine for “maintaining a common nuisance.”
Two size 12 shoe boxes stuffed with reefer is a lot of fucking reefer. At least a half pound, maybe more. Under current Indiana drug laws, if Daniels were found to be in possession of that much reefer he would be charged with a Class D felony and face a prison sentence of anywhere from six months to three years. And this is being rather generous for a couple of reasons! For one, it discounts all of the acid and pills he and his bros were dropping all the time during their tenure at Princeton. For another, I’m assuming that being caught with the drugs on a college campus would not constitute being within 1000 feet of a school, which would otherwise push it up to a Class C felony (jail time: four to eight years). Though I very well could be wrong!
Here’s what Daniels told the Daily Princetonian on Monday about his arrest forty years ago: