Judge Advocates Legalization, Then Sentences Pot Dealer

"Just legalize it," said Indiana Judge John Marnocha, before sending Guy McDaniel to the slammer for a year


SOUTH BEND—Cane in hand, 56-year-old Guy McDaniel listened as a St. Joseph County judge admitted in court that he was in favor of decriminalizing marijuana.

That admission, however, comes with limits—one of them being 52 pounds.

In February, police arrested McDaniel at a West Washington Street home after a postal investigator reported finding something suspicious.

According to a police reports, the post office inspector contacted narcotics officers after receiving two suspicious packages en route to a South Bend home.

Officers went to the home where the packages—addressed to a Mr. Gamage—were supposed to be sent.

Police, who were watching the mail delivery, say McDaniel signed for two packages using a fake name.