Do you know the Mushroom Man? January 4, 2012 12:46 PM   Subscribe

Michael J. Maki, aka The Mushroom Man & subject of this recent post, is now MeFi's own mushroomman.
posted by scalefree to MetaFilter-Related at 12:46 PM (14 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite

posted by Decani at 12:54 PM on January 4, 2012


So that's it. You've grown a mustache!
posted by Edogy at 12:58 PM on January 4, 2012 [3 favorites]

Awesome. I want to go to the next meet-up he goes to.
posted by crunchland at 1:01 PM on January 4, 2012

MeFi's own hashman must be somewhere in this joint.
posted by gman at 1:06 PM on January 4, 2012 [2 favorites]

I made a 'welcome' comment to him in the thread (because it usually takes a new MeFite a while to FIND MetaTalk) and suggested, to better fit in here, to get into Portobellos (with explanatory link). Nothing more I can do.
posted by oneswellfoop at 1:19 PM on January 4, 2012 [1 favorite]

He seems like a fun guy.
posted by elephantday at 1:29 PM on January 4, 2012 [14 favorites]

Do you know the mushroom man?
The mushroom man?
The mushroom man?
Do you know the mushroom man?
He lives on Fungus Ln.
posted by owtytrof at 1:36 PM on January 4, 2012 [2 favorites]

Some people seem to, or claim to, have the courage of their convictions. This guy genuinely does. He's not really trying to fight the case against him and therefore is willing to blog things that can be used against him. He's unwilling to snitch on someone else as part of a plea-bargain. He expects a prison sentence. And so he's using himself and his case as an example in an attempt to call attention to the wrongheadedness of laws against those sinister...entheogenic mushrooms.

He was clearly a bulk grower and wholesaler of mushrooms, with large capital investments and considerable income and this will be used against him to portray him as some sort of drug kingpin, even though he's really just an enterprising and overenthusiastic hippy who actually—this is true, it seems—tried to convince the FBI informant he was selling mushrooms to that he ought to try to stop using coke and meth and especially that he get out of the business, because those are bad for people.

In a sane society, someone like this would get, at worst, a slap on the wrist. Assuming that the activity he was involved in was still illegal, which in a sane society, it probably wouldn't be. But ours is a deeply insane society, at least in this regard, and I think there's little doubt that he will be prosecuted and sentenced as aggressively as possible. He's 62 years old, there's a chance he might spend the rest of his life in prison. Maybe good sense will prevail, but I'd be surprised. Right now he's in house-arrest; maybe that will count for time-served.
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich at 3:32 PM on January 4, 2012 [16 favorites]

Awesome. I want to go to the next meet-up he goes to.

it may be a while ... unless it's at his house.
posted by cupcake1337 at 3:59 PM on January 4, 2012

I would recommend Michael Pollan's Opium Made Easy to anyone who doesn't understand the nuances of this issue.
posted by Toekneesan at 5:07 PM on January 4, 2012 [4 favorites]

posted by not_on_display at 9:20 PM on January 4, 2012

Soy un hongo y detesto este juego.

Karl Hongos?
posted by WalkingAround at 12:10 PM on January 5, 2012

I was hoping it might be this guy.

Even so, the other guy is good. Welcome to Metafilter, mushroomman. And good luck with your legal struggles.
posted by PeterMcDermott at 9:33 PM on January 5, 2012

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