No Joke: Cops Raid Home Of Man For Eating Legal Mushrooms

I’m guessing that there are some people out there who have some very definite ideas about mushrooms, that mushrooms are always bad. And, it’s certainly true that some mushrooms are poisonous, so you should know what you are looking for before you eat them. But, contrary to what these people believe, not all mushrooms are eaten for the purpose of getting high (if they knew my wife, who loves mushrooms as food, they’d know that this is true).

Unfortunately, a couple in Maryland had to deal with a member of law enforcement who is of the mushrooms-are-all-illegal variety (I wonder what he does in the produce section of his grocery store). Ben Keller gives us details (hat tip to here for the lead):

The cops arrived at the home of a Maryland couple after they posted pictures of Morel mushrooms on Facebook.

A Maryland man posted to Facebook describing how a cop arrived at his home over the other post he made on Facebook.

The cop’s agenda?

He was apparently there to conduct an investigation into the man and his girlfriend, Hope Deery, for possessing psychedelic psilocybin mushrooms.

The only problem: they weren’t magic 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.

But the mushrooms in the photos they posted were actually edible mushrooms the couple found earlier in the day, cooked and ate before the cop arrived, knocking on their door.

John Garrison of Darlington, Maryland said he tried to explain to the cop Morel mushrooms are a “native choice edible mushroom similar to truffles.”

Morel MushroomsJohn Garrison (Facebook)

“He wasn’t convinced,” Garrison recalled in his post on Facebook describing the incident.

The situation was so bad that it wasn’t until another police officer arrived on the scene and recognized the legal mushrooms that the suspicious cop stopped trying to get Garrison and his girlfriend to confess to a crime which they didn’t commit.

Now, it’s bad enough that we have so many laws on the books that it’s nearly impossible to prevent unintentionally breaking one, but now we have law enforcement officers trying to enforce laws when they don’t apply. It’s utterly ridiculous and just another symptom of a police state gone too far.

  • mathis1689

    Am glad to see this cop is after such a bunch of dangerous criminals!

    Sarcasm off now! God forbid that he get off of his worthless butt and tackle some real criminals like murderers and rapists! They might fight back!

  • Allen

    I should be happy that this cop is monitoring Facebook posts because maybe it will make all of those that post everything about their life stop-and-pause. But, I am not. Does this not scream of police intrusion where they have no reason to be. Of course, if the police were to take down Zuckerberg I would cheer.

  • Chas

    All mushrooms are dangerous, including the butter that they are cooked in, and need to be registered with the Mushroom Registration Association (MRA)…//sarc off//

  • Dennis LaGrua

    Those were unlicensed mushrooms!

  • Jack O’Niell

    LOL, Perhaps it’s best to stay off Facebook as “Everyone’s a suspect” and your “FacePage” is your mugshot.

    But it’s not unlike an Oregon State Trouper who seized a little tub of Sugar-coated fennel seeds a friend from India left in my glove box, and he tried to arrest me pending Lab analysis because he “Knew it was
    something illegal!”

    • MajorPain

      You meant GROPER didn’t you.


    Reminds me of the stupid cop who arrested someone for paying for a purchase with the LEGAL TENDER two dollar bills!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Dave

    I would have let him arrest me then sued for false arrest. I have no doubt that would be more profitable than running my business.

  • tompinva

    Undocumented mushrooms, did you get those on the other side of the border?

  • Hal Slusher

    Never give the cashier the exact change they lose their minds

  • fisherman

    This is what happens when you let ANY cop into your home. NEVER let a cop into your home, if they have a warrant then they will kick the door down, if they don’t and you let them in they will try to find something to charge you with. All cops are crooked and not to be trusted. What do you think the outcome would have been if the second cop hadn’t shown up. One or both of these people would have been assaulted and arrested by an idiot with a badge. A crooked idiot at that. How did he know where to go to find this couple except for the fact that he HAD to search their personal, private information on file with F/B. Doing so without a warrant is a crime.

  • Brian Workman

    Get an out of work Lawyer and sue the Police Officer & the Police Department!¡

  • dprato

    No officer should enter anyone’s home without a warrant. If they have a question about something there is a much better way to go about something like this and under no circumstances should you allow police into your home without a warrant. I have a personal rule and that is if I am not a criminal which I am not, and anyone enters my home without permission, I invoke Colorado’s Make my Day Law and will shoot them as soon as they cross the threshold of my doorway. There is no reason for any law enforcement officer to enter your home without a warrant and without your express permission. If these folks invited them in then they got what they deserved in having to deal with the idiot who came to their home and gave them the 3rd degree.