More craziness in the news:
“On May 11, a man named John Garrison posted a public photo on Facebook showing morel mushrooms he had gathered while foraging with his girlfriend Hope Deery, and wrote of his plans to “sautee them with brown sugar and cinnamon and see how that turns out.
Garrison went on to claim that his original Facebook post about morel mushrooms, which are a legal and sought-after delicacy, led to a visit to his home hours later from law enforcement apparently investigating possible use of psychedelic mushrooms commonly referred to as “magic mushrooms.”
Photography is Not a Crime reported that police appeared at his house less than 24 hours later, questioning Garrison and Deery about why they were “eating mushrooms and posting about it online.”
I’ve done a decent bit of mushroom foraging in the past, plus written a post on the best mushroom foraging books. This sort of law enforcement overreach makes me think I may have been lucky in not receiving any attention. I’ve never been interested in psychedelic mushrooms, though when I’ve written or talked about mushrooms I almost always get the “MAGIC mushrooms?” line from people.
I don’t know if John Garrison had perhaps posted other material that made him a suspect, as many mushroom enthusiasts (such as Paul Stamets) are also open about their interest in Psilocybin types, as even a a quick google search would reveal he was harvesting a very popular gourmet mushroom from the wild and not a type that would cause hallucinations and a new appreciation for the Grateful Dead.
Also, #DeleteFacebook! I did, and I had over a thousand followers and was active in multiple gardening forums.