I just came across this article, which is about a year old. I saw a few other headlines saying the same thing.
They all implyed that the Australian Police were hot on the trail of weed smoking hooligans in their country.
And in fact, they were using the “criminals” own social networking profiles as a weapon to stamp out the scurge of drugs!
All very nice and reassuring to the nice folks of the penal colony I'm sure.
But not one article could site a single story or instance, where someones pictures(of illegal activity) posted on Instagram or any other social site had led to any kind of criminal charges or prosecution.
AUSTRALIAN potheads are using photo-sharing site Instagram to document their dope crops and illegal equipment in the form of artistic snaps.
Pictures of bongs, joints, bags of marijuana and cannabis plants are being enhanced with '70s-style filters and blurred edges to make photographic tributes being touted as "beautiful".
Many of the photos clearly show the pot aficionados smoking the fruits of their labour and tending their plants. One shows an Aussie stoner in his self-described "jungle" of marijuana.
But police have warned "online dopes" will be tracked and prosecuted through their websites.
However, the community of "Aussie stoners" were this week still thumbing their noses at authorities and risking prosecution by sharing smoking experiences.
"28 grams of happyness (sic), here we go!" posted one user with an image of two plastic sachets full of marijuana.
Another user posted a picture of a puppy lying asleep with a bag apparently containing drugs.
A Victoria Police spokesman said officers could use Instagram in investigations, and the show-offs faced hefty penalties if caught.
The spokesman said anyone who came across pictures of drug laboratories should pass on the information to police.
"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," he said.
"If members of the public are concerned about information or imagery posted on social media, we urge them to contact police so that it can be determined whether or not a crime has been committed."
Digital tags including #maryjane, #oznugs, #aussiestoners and #weedstagram are used by the community of photo sharers to quickly find each other's images. There have also been instances of Instagram being used by teenagers to share raunchy photos online.
Source: Herald Sun
So when I searched some of the hashtags listed in the article, I found that the Tokers down under seem to be doing just fine indeed! Here's a few of my favorites.
#oznugs #aussiestoners #weedstagram #maryjane (should have used #thenug)
Check out these much better uses of Instagram: 10 Favorite Weed Girls On Instagram