For police departments, one thing that threatens job security more than anything else is the complete legalization of marijuana. It takes easy arrests out of the hands of police, and it also will begin to change the Search and Seizure law regarding “smell” of marijuana allowing for police to search a vehicle.
In Illinois, some police representatives are putting forward a bold reason for why marijuana should not get legalized:
“The biggest thing for law enforcement is, you’re going to have to replace all of your dogs,” said Macon County Sheriff Howard Buffett, whose private foundation paid $2.2 million in 2016 to support K-9 units in 33 counties across Illinois. “So to me, it’s a giant step forward for drug dealers, and it’s a giant step backwards for law enforcements and the residents of the community.”
Later in the story, a K-9 trainer suggests some or most of the dogs will need to euthanized.
Source: The Washington Post
Couple things here, before I remind myself this is a humor blog and crack a couple of jokes. First, is the assumption here that only drug dealers are going to become legal drug dealers? That seems like a terrible assumption to make. But, uh, it’s not as terrible as the assumption made that the dogs will need to get euthanized.
I mean, look, I don’t want to question the credibility of “a K-9 trainer” but, we have a whole bunch of states who have legalized marijuana now, before you make the argument that you’ll have to kill a bunch of dogs, why don’t you pick up the phone and call someone in those states and find out how they’re handling the dog situation?
We can re-train dogs after whatever Michael Vick did to them, but, police dogs? Nah. They are too embedded in their training to break loose.
“I love my dog, but, he just can’t stop barking at black people who roll stop signs.”
“My dog is great, but, he bites anyone who pulls a cellphone from their pocket at night.”