For cannabis consumers still living under prohibition, just the sight of a drug-sniffing dog is enough to send pulses pounding. But in New Jersey, that’s about to change. Fielding questions from lawmakers during an Assembly budget hearing, New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal confirmed that police would no longer train K9 dogs to detect the smell of marijuana. The decision follows a national trend toward training police canines to ignore marijuana and focus on the detection of other substances.
New Jersey Police Won’t Train New K9s to Detect Marijuana
During Wednesday’s Assembly budget hearing, a New Jersey lawmaker asked Attorney General Grewal how cannabis legalization would impact police dogs. According to the AP, Grewal said that the currently pending measure to legalize cannabis for adult use prompted police departments to halt marijuana detection training.
The absence of a clear majority supporting that measure, however, has delayed a decision until later this year. Lawmakers had originally scheduled a vote on the bill for April 1. But with Senate President Stephen Sweeney citing “substantial progress” on the plan, Democratic lawmakers and Gov. Phil Murphy are continuing their push.
With legalization still a strong possibility, police departments aren’t committing resources to train weed-sniffing