An officer who runs a police K-9 academy in Illinois says if the state legalizes marijuana, the police may be forced to euthanize drug-sniffing dogs.
The problem, according to director Chad Larner, is that the dogs can't really be re-trained and are not socialized to be good pets.
A drug-sniffing dog re-trained as a bomb-sniffing dog might be prone to false alerts.
Advocates for legal marijuana called the comments "scare tactics" meant to turn the public against legalization.
Other officers say the decommissioned K-9's would likely be adopted by their handlers.
In November, Illinois voters will cast a vote on whether or not they support legalizing recreational marijuana in the state.
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