More police K9s forced into retirement following legalization of recreational marijuana


Resident Canadian
Dec 1, 2020
Canada's Ocean Playground

Following the legalization of marijuana in New Mexico, more law enforcement agencies across the state are retiring their drug-sniffing dogs.
The Tucumcari Police Department announced on Facebook it's retiring its dog, Aries.
"With the legalization of recreational marijuana, K9 Aries is unable to continue his function as a narcotics detection dog," the department stated in the post.

Here's the problem – a dog will indicate "a drug" is present, but can't communicate "which drug." A handler can't determine if the dog found meth, heroin or a legal amount of marijuana.

"Now marijuana is legal -- if the dog alerts on it, and we got a search warrant, we'd be violating somebody's rights. So that meant the easiest, simplest thing was to just stop using those dogs for that purpose," said Farmington Police Chief Steve Hebbe.