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Australian police may target Instagramers who post marijuana photos

The Victoria Police Department warns that Instagram users who share photos of their weed stashes "may find themselves subject to a criminal investigation."


Kris Holt


Posted on Sep 10, 2012   Updated on Jun 2, 2021, 11:23 am CDT

Any weed photo you filter can be used against you.

Police in Australia are cracking down on potheads—and plan to use photos from Instagram in investigations.

Marijuana aficionados in the land Down Under have been taking artistic snaps of their bongs, cannabis plants, and joints, and posting them to the photo-sharing community using tags like #maryjane, #oznugs, #weedstagram, and #aussiestoners, reported the Herald Sun.

Brazen blazin’ Instagram users are confident in posting photos of their faces while taking THC hits. They’re also posting pics of their stashes. Meanwhile, there are at least two accounts dedicated to showing girls taking a toke.

Should police officers decide to track down those who post such images, they might have their work cut out. Judging by stats available via unofficial Instagram Web app Webstagram, 296,555 photos have been posted using the #maryjane tag, 199 images use #oznugs, 129 bear #aussiestoners, and 122,558 are tagged #weedstagram

“Anyone who posts images of this nature may find themselves subject to a criminal investigation should there be evidence of possession or cultivation of drugs of dependence or illicit substances,” a Victoria Police spokesman told the paper.

One Instagram user took it upon himself to warn others of the impending crackdown: “Dear #aussiestoners, stop posting pics of yourselves with your crops and shit, the police fucks with Instagram now!!!”

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*First Published: Sep 10, 2012, 1:59 pm CDT