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Not training on Marijuana?? Here’s some bumps in that road!

So, the newest worry law enforcement has in regards to K-9 applications is the expanding number of states that have decriminalized or legalized marijuana.
Now, here is my political stance on this….it is all about money, money, and more money. It defies the public efforts in regards to intoxicated driving, workplace safety, and health. But, that aside, those of us that serve, do so regardless of our political views. So, that said (and now I feel better about writing this) we have problems in having dogs NOT alert and Indicate on weed and weed based products. Much more than just not training on them.
Why would this be a problem? Well simple, everything we get for training aids have come through evidence processing programs. That means every bit of it is contaminated. Unless we can obtain laboratory manufactured cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, and MDMA we will be training on contaminated (read marijuana scented) dope! Now, this will be great news for companies such as Scentlogix or distributors of reagent grade cocaine and methamphetamine, and MDMA (heroin is still a no go because of its status as a Schedule 1 drug). But, traditional sources of drugs all pass through evidence rooms. Ever been in the drug section of a evidence room? Smells like weed!
So, what to do? One you can, as a department get a DEA Registration and jump through whatever hoops your state has in place. Then you can get Cocaine and Meth, and MDMA. Heroin not really.
You could just use products such as Scentlogix……maybe you will make new case law. Many of us train on them at the beginning but then after training is done maintenance training is all done on real.
Everyone except those using engineered scents will have to proof (even those testing and doing a bit of training on real) will have to proof off weed and its derivatives. Just like we do off money. So, if you are stuck in a situation where you will be exposing your non-marijuana dog to real for any reason, you will have to proof off marijuana. One more step to make training time less productive.
Remember, train, train some more, get 4-6 hours per week for your detection dog in and be sure to proof, work around diversions and distractions, challenge yourself and your dog, and get out there and do your job!!


  1. Kevin Sheldahl
    Kevin Sheldahl
    April 6, 2019

    I post the link to my blog on my Facebook page K-9 Services which you can find at:

    Now, I often get comments there about the blog. Today I got a nasty gram that really had nothing to do with the above blog post except that it dealt with detection. This “gentleman” was pissed that the indication of a drug dog allowed law enforcement to gain entry into a car (this is called the Carroll Doctrine) and apparently people who he knew went to jail (maybe he did?) after their stash was discovered on the search.

    Well, well, nice to hear it works out like we plan! Nice to hear that some states still have the Carroll law which allows warrant less searches of a conveyance once probable cause is established. That is the way the law works, and if your “stash” is discovered shame on you, your car isn’t safe base, it isn’t an illegal search, and like the saying goes “don’t pass GO and don’t collect $200” on your way to jail. And if you find this offensive, well, go get elected to your state legislature and change your constitution.

    In the mean time don’t blame cops you got caught.

  2. Kevin Sheldahl
    Kevin Sheldahl
    April 11, 2019

    I find the comments I get on FaceBook where I share this blog to be really insightful about social media. I have gotten some good comments and discussions but also, I mentioned marijuana and people went bat shit crazy!! I received amazingly off topic hate speech type of responses. Kinda fun to observe, although I end up deleting the posts because they are nonsense, and don’t lend to any sort of conversation. I also ban the user from my page, but, it is still fun. It makes me understand a bit more about the way people use social media….as a vent, to say things they would never say face to face, to half assed read a post and reply purely on emotion to a perception they got from reading one sentence and not getting the context. I will admit I never get those sort of responses on the blog post comments here. Maybe Leerburg readers read and post above a third grade level? I can hope so!
    Rudeness is unbecoming………..even if you disagree, it is low and the behavior of a person of lesser intelligence. Is social media making people stupid??

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