Cops Arrive after Maryland Man Posts Photos of Non-Psychedelic Mushrooms on FB

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.

Screenshot of John Garrison's Facebook post.

"So I rummaged through the trash to find a piece of a Morel so that he would have evidence that we weren't taking psychedelic mushrooms," he wrote.

"I showed him and he still wasn't convinced that they weren't magic mushrooms."

Garrison wrote he was shocked the officer was there over the photos he took because the edible moral mushrooms don't resemble the psychedelic type people eat for their mind-altering effects.

Photo of Morel MushroomsJohn Garrison (Facebook)

"I figured a police officer would know what illegal drugs look like."

Eventually, a second cop showed up and Garrison showed her the Morels he'd dug from the trash and she immediately identified it as a Morel.

Garrison, along with his girlfriend, were relieved to be finally off the hook.

The cops proceeded to 'process their IDs' then left.

Thankfully, no one was injured during the misunderstanding.

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Since no one else has said the obvious yet...

The morel of the story: never assume cops are experts at anything but CYA.


A prime opportunity was missed here. They should have simply said "go get a warrant" and closed the door.

I can't imagine a warrant would have been issued and if one had been then the entire system would have been exposed.


Another case of stupidity in Blue. "I figured a police officer would know what illegal drugs look like." What a dumb belief. Cops are idiots that believe themselves to be saviours. Like the old adage, 'a little knowledge can be dangerous'. They generally know nothing, but will NEVER admit to their ignorance. That plus, there is nothing more satisfying to a cop than arresting innocent people to show their power.


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Why? We would like to stand up for our rights. Is there more to the story? Otherwise.. that cop should of never stepped over the line. Why are you saying it's your fault?