As states and cities loosen marijuana laws, dogs assigned to sniff out pot might be out of a job. Older canines working in states where retail marijuana sales are legal, who are trained to alert on narcotics AND marijuana, are being let go, replaced by dogs no longer trained to detect cannabis.
Even some law enforcement departments in states that have yet to legalize recreational marijuana are asking for dogs without marijuana imprinting in anticipation of wide spread legalization. Drug trained dogs are costly after all, so many departments are hedging their bets that someday they will not need pot sniffers on the job.
A case out of Colorado was one of the first indications the writing was on the wall for the old breed of drug detection dogs. Not long ago an appeals court overturned a man’s conviction for possessing meth, ruling that officers had no legal grounds to search his truck because the dog who found it – marijuana detection among his repertoire – was no longer a reliable indicator of illegal activity.
As such, many marijuana trained dogs in legal states like Colorado have been relegated to beats such as schools or jails where marijuana remains illegal while others have retired to lead lives as ordinary pets. However, in states that have not legalized marijuana bordering legalized states, such as Kansas and even Wisconsin, there is no rush to get rid of marijuana imprinted dogs just yet. For now, dogs in these border states still enjoy a measure of job security busting people smuggling pot across state lines.
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