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Illinois Cops Argue Legalization Will Put K-9 Units Out of Work

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Illinois law enforcement has a new reason why recreational cannabis should not be legalized in the state, and it’s probably one of the dumbest arguments I’ve ever heard: legalization would put K-9 units out of work. No, seriously this is the angle they’re using. Last I checked drug sniffing dogs don’t collect paychecks. Oh no some cops might lose their jobs! Honestly, why would fewer cops be a bad thing? This sounds like a sweet deal to me.

Macon County Sheriff Howard Buffett had this to say on the matter, “The biggest thing for law enforcement is, you’re going to have to replace all of your dogs. 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.” Um okay dude, that sounds like a crock of shit if you ask me. “It gives the bad guys one more way to beat law enforcement,” he added.

Last I checked, dogs are able to smell more than one thing throughout their lives. Why not retrain them to sniff out other drugs, or to just not respond to the smell of cannabis anymore? According to Chad Larner, trainer for K-9 units in Macon County, this would be “extreme abuse.” Really? Retraining dogs is “extreme abuse” now?

If retraining would be impossible, why not just retire them? Surely there are plenty of people willing to adopt a retired police dog? Larner says that since K-9 units are trained not to be social that these dogs would have to be euthanized. Now that sounds like extreme abuse to me.

Illinois NORML of course acknowledges that this is a fallacious argument as the state would only legalize small amounts. The K-9 units could easily still search for large amounts that would be brought in by cartels. No other legal state has had to euthanize their police dogs, so it’s highly unlikely that Illinois would do the same. Legalization opponents have simply run out of arguments, so they are scraping the bottom of the barrel. If this is the best they can do, then they should probably just accept the inevitable.

Source: Herald and Review

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