Legal Cannabis Puts 14 RCMP Sniffer Dogs Out of Work

Article by CBC News

Legal pot puts 14 RCMP sniffer dogs out of work Ability to detect marijuana could make dogs' evidence inadmissible in court CBC News Kona is one of more than a dozen interdiction dogs for the RCMP whose marijuana sniffing skills will soon disqualify them for the job they were trained to do. (Anis Heydari/CBC)

The upcoming legalization of marijuana in Canada is expected to create a lot of jobs for people, but it’s putting one group of dogs out of work.

Fourteen RCMP interdiction dogs, which are used primarily to search for drugs, are being retired or sold to other forces because their training to sniff marijuana could cause problems for Crown prosecutors once pot is no longer illegal to possess.

“Our interdiction dogs are often used to form grounds to continue searching or to arrest people,” said Staff Sgt. Gary Creed, a senior trainer with the RCMP’s police dog service in Innisfail, Alta., where all of the national police force’s dogs are trained.

If they are trained to sniff marijuana, some of their evidence would not be admissible in court, he said.

Some of the interdiction dogs were already close to the end of their working lives and will be retired as pets. Five or six others will likely be sold to other forces or agencies.

“It’s definitely a strain. We didn’t plan to replace these,” Creed said. “There’s 14 dogs that we have to replace.”

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