How do you tell a cop’s drug sniffing dog to ignore something he’s been trained to respond to? Interesting article at Business Week:
Drug-sniffing dogs are taught to give the same response no matter what illegal substance they discover. â€śWe canâ€™t train our dogs to bark if itâ€™s cocaine, roll over if itâ€™s marijuana, scratch if itâ€™s methamphetamine,â€ť says Sal Fiorillo, a lieutenant in the Colorado Springs Police Department. The animals also canâ€™t differentiate between legal and illegal amounts. â€śIf a dog hits on marijuana, you donâ€™t know whether youâ€™re going to find one ounce in that suitcase or six pounds,â€ť says Steve Davis, a police spokesman in Lakewood, Colo. And itâ€™s not easy to train the canines to unlearn the smell of pot. â€śOnce you put an odor on a dog, itâ€™s very difficult to get that odor off a dog,â€ť Fiorillo says.
More at the link.
My own opinion for what it’s worth: Pardon the pun, I have no dog in this hunt. I’m allergic to pot. But, I think it should be completely or at least federally decriminalized. It doesn’t cause nearly the havoc that alcohol does. You don’t get the crime, spousal abuse, missed work days, accidents, murder and suicides that you do with people who abuse booze.
Grow it, tax it, treat it (sales and use wise) like alcohol and be done with it. And the plus is that the state and federal government as well as a whole lot of farmers and new — job hiring businesses — will generate lots of money to pay-down some of the national and state debts.
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