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Wash. St. to K9's: No more sniffing around for marijuana

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Drug-sniffing police dogs will not be on the prowl for marijuana in Washington State due to an easing of the law regarding pot possession.
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(CBS/AP) SEATTLE - The training manual for drug-sniffing dogs is being re-written by some law enforcement groups in Washington State, to teach the K-9's to ignore marjiuana.

The change comes after voters in November legalized the possession of small amounts of pot.

The state patrol and some other police agencies in the state are taking the advice of the Washington Association of Prosecuting Attorneys to change the dogs' drug-sniffing standards.

KOMO-TV reports marijuana was removed from the police dog guidelines set by the state's Criminal Justice Training Commission.

The attorneys' association also told police that an "alert" from a drug-sniffing dog that had been trained to find marijuana is no longer enough evidence for a search warrant. Police will need other evidence, at least until the old dogs retire.

  • Barry Leibowitz

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