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):
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.”
“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.