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Washington: New Police Dogs Not Being Trained To Find Marijuana

(Photo: Special Solutions)By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

The Bremerton Police Department, along with many other law enforcement agencies around Washington State, is not training its new police dog how to sniff out marijuana. After voters legalized marijuana last November, Dusty is the first drug detection dog in Kitsap County who won't be looking for pot.

But in the unlikely event that cannabis once again becomes illegal in Washington, it would be easy to train 18-month-old Dusty accordingly, said Bremerton Police Officer Dahle "Duke" Roessel. "We can train them on marijuana in a weekend," Roessel said, reports Josh Farley at the Kitsap Sun.

The Washington State Patrol won't be training future drug detection dogs to find marijuana, either, according to spokesman Bob Calkins.

"It's problematic because the dogs could alert on a legal amount of marijuana," Calkins explained. "And then we're violating someone's privacy."

There's a concern that if a dog were to find a valuable piece of evidence because he had alerted on a legal amount of marijuana, all the evidence might be thrown out in court, according to Calkins.

For example, if a dog sniffs out a legal amount of marijuana and then a gun used in a murder is found along with it, a judge could rule the gun isn't admissible in court.

Washington: Kitsap County Bans Smoking Marijuana In Bars, Restaurants

There is a truth that must be heard!By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

There's no doubt about it, anymore: It's illegal to smoke marijuana in indoor public places and places of employment in Kitsap County, Washington.

Possession of up to an ounce of marijuana is now legal for adults in Washington, which is why the question had been raised in the first place. The Kitsap Public Health District unanimously voted to affirm what district staff said they believe was already true, reports Brynn Grimley at the Kitsap Sun.

Health district board members felt the existing ordinance -- which bans cigarette smoking in indoor places -- also covers cannabis. But the board was asked to update the law to clarify that marijuana, and anything else producing smoke, is not allowed.

Officials claimed the ban wasn't to target smokers, but to inform employers and owners of public facilities like bars and restaurants about what is legal and what isn't, said Keith Grellner, the Public Health District's environmental health director.

According to Grellner, the district gets about half a dozen complaints per year for cigarette smoking in places like bars or restaurants. The agency recently received its very first complaint about a bar allowing customers to smoke marijuana.

Washington: Residents Seek Answers About Legal Marijuana At Final Public Forum

Photo - Washington: Residents Seek Answers About Legal Marijuana At Final Public ForumBy Steve Elliott
Hemp News

About 200 people attended a marijuana forum Thursday night in Bremerton, Washington, the last of eight meetings the state Liquor Control Board has held around the state as it prepares licensing regulations for the newly legal cannabis industry.

Speakers overwhelmingly supported rules that would allow a marijuana cottage industry, rather than a market dominated by a few large corporate producers and a black market, reports Josh Farley at The Kitsap Sun.

"My biggest fear is that Big Agra, Big Pharma, and other corporations, having had no real great investment, interest or sacrifice, will lobby hard to seek control and dictate to those who are now in this historic position," said Christy Stanley, a Kingston mother of four who wants a future in the cannabis industry.

Stanley focused her support on the cottage industry that could develop and asked that no barriers be erected that could hinder that type of development, rather than a big corporate takeover.

Some of those attending expressed concerns about high taxes, the scientifically unsupported low marijuana blood limit for driving included in the legalization measure, and "exposing drug use to children."

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