Andrew McKay 11/11/19
Several weeks ago, NewsRadio brought you the story that the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office had made the decision to no longer train their K-9 officers on marijuana detection. As Sheriff Bob Johnson previously said, this was because of the difficulty of identifying legal hemp from illegal non-medical marijuana. He reiterated this today, saying, “What we’re doing is we’re waiting for this hemp issue to get through the Supreme Court, get through all the court systems, have the come out with a ruling, but the way we’re looking at it now, we’ve just put two dogs on the road and they are not trained on marijuana. So, we’re just preparing.”
Johnson was clearly concerned about the implications to law enforcement across the state. “It’s huge, I mean, cuz you think about it, we’re not talking just Santa Rosa County or (the) Panhandle. If they legalize marijuana tomorrow, every single dog that’s trained to alert on drugs in the state of Florida that’s been trained to alert on marijuana detection is totally useless when it does to drug interdiction.” But the implications of this go beyond just drug interdiction because there are so many other crimes discovered or solved because of the use of K-9 sniffs, especially during traffic stops.
Meanwhile, a special congratulations is due to Deputy Shawn Swindell and his partner “Ziggy” for winning first place in agility in the USPCA National K9 Trials!
Listen to full interview here: