High Times Reports that their sniffing superpowers can be put to better use by taking cannabis out of the equation
More and more, police are training drug-sniffing dogs to ignore marijuana. Instead, training is becoming more focused on the detection of hard drugs, like heroin, ecstasy and methamphetamine.
And it’s not just because prohibitionist cannabis laws are loosening and being overturned in municipalities and states across the country.
Rather, cannabis legalization is helping move the needle on an issue advocates of criminal justice reform have been putting pressure on for decades.
Because the simple fact is that police K9s aren’t always so accurate. And now that cannabis is legal, that inaccuracy, and the false convictions which can follow, are starting to come to light.
Legal Cannabis Posing Problems For Drug-Sniffing Dogs
Dogs that sniff for drugs have come under criticism ever since they became popularized in the United States in the late 1960s. Many of the criticisms make sense. Police have to follow certain policies and procedures when conducting searches in order to protect our Constitutional and civil rights.
But dogs, it goes without saying, can’t read the Bill of Rights or know when they’re going against police protocol.
They just do their thing: smell stuff and bark. And that means that detection dogs give police the potential to conduct searches without probable cause.