Illinois Police Just Claimed if Marijuana is Legalized, They’ll Have to Kill Their Police Dogs

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Police are now threatening the public, claiming they may have to euthanize drug dogs if marijuana becomes legal because they were trained to be anti-social.

Chad Larner,  the training director of the K-9 Training Academy in Macon County, Illinois said in a recent interview that police departments throughout the state may have to euthanize drug dogs if marijuana is legalized. Larner said that it would be abusive to retrain the dogs and that it could even be impossible. He also said that the dogs are trained to not be social because that is what the job requires.

According to The Pantagraph “, Because many K-9s are trained not to be social so their work won’t be affected, Larner said a number of dogs would likely have to be euthanized.”

Other police in the state seemed to have similar feelings on the subject.

Assistant Police Chief Steve Petrilli of the Normal Police Department said that it would be “impossible” to retrain the dogs.

“At this point, they’re trained on five different odors. Once they’re programmed with that, you can’t just deprogram them. I think the implications of that would be huge,“ Petrilli said.

However, it is actually possible to retrain the K9s, as many police departments in Washington have shown.

Legalization activist Dan Linn of NORML thinks that the police are just making empty threats to scare the public.

“The idea that legalizing for adults to have an ounce on them will equal … all these dogs being euthanized, that seems kind of ridiculous and hyperbolic,” he said.