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Police sniffing dogs are re-trained to ignore marijuana

By Mason White 11:34 AM June 4, 2013
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By: Ryan Lee Hall
(Scroll down for video) Washington police are re-training their dogs to stop searching for marijuana.

Since Washington State has passed a law to decriminalize the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana for people over 21-years-old, police officers can no longer stop a person if a dog smells them carrying marijuana.

Traditionally, dogs were trained to alert police to the odor of marijuana, heroin, crack cocaine, methamphetamine and cocaine. Now, the dogs will be retrained so they do not alert police to marijuana.

While the new drug sniffing police dogs in Bremerton, Washington state are not trained to smell pot during searches, other police departments are working on re-training their dogs to ignore pot.

If an officer will smell the marijuana, they will have to figure out how to determine if a suspect is carrying more than one ounce of marijuana, without violating the rights of those carrying the legal amount.
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