John Garrison is a Maryland resident who has a more interesting Facebook feed than most people. His intro lists him as research assistant at Susquehannock Wildlife Society, so he features many interesting plants and animals (tulip poplar flower, bog turtles, pine barrens tree frog) from his finds. Recently, Garrison posted a lucky motherlode of morel mushrooms, saying he intended to sauté them with brown sugar and cinnamon and “see how that turns out.”
It turned out poorly for Garrison: As Truthinmedia.com reports, mere hours later, his mushroom meal was interrupted by a cop, who wanted to know what Garrison was doing eating mushrooms and posting about it online. Apparently said cop was under the impression that Garrison was eating psychedelic mushrooms. As Garrison put it in a later post, “He thought he was on the biggest bust of his career thinking we were having a magic mushroom party.” Garrison tried to explain what morels were to the cop, who remained unconvinced until another officer showed up who fortunately knew what a morel was. After processing the I.D.s of Garrison and his girlfriend, the police finally left.
Garrison was exceedingly good-natured about the incident in his followup post, only saying, “What an experience.” But he did call the visit “shocking to me because morels look nothing like psychedelic psilocybin mushrooms [as a nature expert, Garrison would know] and I figured a police officer would know what illegal drugs look like.” Guess that cop has never even tasted the wondrous morel—too bad for him, they’re frickin’ delicious.