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Maryland Couple Questioned After Police Misidentify Mushrooms in Facebook Post

by Monte McCoin

On May 11, 2018, John Garrison and girlfriend Hope Deery spent a day in the mountains, hiking and foraging for wild morel mushrooms, which were common near Darlington, Maryland.

Like many people do without a second thought, they posted pictures and descriptions of their adventure on Facebook, as well as photos of their harvest and details of their plan to “sautee [the morels] with brown sugar and cinnamon and see how that turns out.”

No one knows whether police were spending time randomly trolling social media, or if some “good citizen” reported Garrison’s Facebook post, but later that evening, shortly after the couple had cooked and eaten the legal delicacy, police knocked on their door to conduct an investigation into their possession of psychedelic psilocybin mushrooms.

"We let them in and as soon as the police officer walked in he asked us why we were eating mushrooms and posting about it online," the man posted later.

Even after Garrison rummaged through the trash and found scraps of the cooked morels to show the officer who initially responded, he refused to believe the truffle-like morels were not illegal drugs. It was not until a second officer confirmed the fungi were not of the mind-altering type that the couple was released.

“I figured a police officer would know what illegal drugs looked like,” Garrison wrote in a subsequent Facebook post.

After the couple was let off the hook for having “magic mushrooms” the officers “processed their IDs then left.” Fortunately no injuries resulted from the misunderstanding.

Sources:;; thefreethoughtproject

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