K-9 sniffing drug dogs may soon be out of work due to marijuana now being legal in many states medicinally or recreationally.
In several states, including Colorado, these canines may be forced to retire early as now their jobs would be irrelevant.
According to KUSA, officials are forecasting that around 20 percent of police dogs in Colorado could be forced into early retirement because they were trained to detect marijuana.
Now law enforcement agencies are training dogs to sniff other drugs such as meth, heroin, and cocaine.
“If he’s not reliable, we can’t get a probable cause for us to search the car and that is the key thing that these dogs are for,” remarked Arvada Police Officer Brian Laas.
Colorado’s Colorado Police K-9 Association is planning to adopt dogs and then send them to states where marijuana is still illegal so they can continue doing their jobs.