Donor Matching Funds Announced!

A generous donor has offered to match all contributions dollar-for-dollar for the next $10,000 raised, doubling the impact of your donation and helping us reach our fundraising goal faster.

$11,865 of $60,000 raised

The War on Drugs Is a Jobs Program…For Dogs

by | May 1, 2023

The War on Drugs Is a Jobs Program…For Dogs

by | May 1, 2023

assignment 48 dpa n uspp k9 5 5 06 law enforcement canine exercises on the 3d44b4 1024

In a stunning display of misplaced priorities, some Minnesota politicians appear to be more concerned about the jobs of drug-sniffing dogs than the lives of humans impacted by cannabis prohibition. As the push for cannabis legalization in Minnesota gains momentum, it seems the well-being of these K-9s has somehow become a primary argument against it.

Minnesota’s House of Representatives recently passed a bill to legalize non-medical marijuana for individuals 21 and older, with a vote of 71-59. However, Republican state Rep. Brian Johnson voiced his concern over the costs associated with retiring police dogs trained to sniff out cannabis. Apparently, the default state of unemployment for dogs is a problem that should hold priority over human freedom and well-being.

“I did not see anything reading through the bill dealing with our K-9 units,” Johnson said. “Can you tell me how much money is in this bill to help defer the cost to our counties and police departments for the cost of the retirement of the dogs?”

This K-9-centric mindset isn’t new. Minnesota State Sen. John Jasinski, also a Republican, previously raised the “police dog discussion” during a committee hearing, lamenting the “thousands and thousands of dollars” spent on training these furry narcs, who will now have to retire due to cannabis legalization.

It’s worth noting that the legal cannabis industry has already created hundreds of thousands of jobs for humans. Yet, it seems the careers of drug-sniffing dogs are held in higher regard by some politicians.

Training a police dog can cost between $12,000 and $15,000, according to the police website Police1. This doesn’t include the salary of their human handler. But perhaps these politicians should focus on the bigger picture, such as the racist legacy and brutal attacks associated with police dogs. As reported by the Marshall Project, victims of police dog bites are disproportionately black men. One needs only search the word “maul” in our archives to see the utterly horrifying cases of K-9 attacks on men, women, and even children.

Not surprisingly, we have reported on similar fear-mongering over police dogs and the drug war. In 2018, police in Illinois claimed that legalizing cannabis would lead to the euthanization of all their police K-9s. They actually tried to convince the public that if weed was legal, they would have to kill all their dogs. Obviously, that never happened.

When K-9s retire, many are adopted by their handlers as pets. They don’t receive pensions, but some organizations offer funds for their medical bills. We can’t say for sure how these retired K-9s adjust to their new lives, but chances are they’re more than happy to sniff other dogs’ butts instead of drugs.

The absurdity of prioritizing drug-sniffing dogs’ careers over human lives and the potential benefits of cannabis legalization is beyond comprehension. With the countless jobs created, tax revenue generated, and the reduction of the harms caused by cannabis prohibition, anyone who still stands in its way is proving they want to be on the wrong side of history.

This article was originally featured at The Free Thought Project and is republished with permission.

Matt Agorist

Matt Agorist

Matt Agorist is an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator directly tasked by the NSA. This prior experience gives him unique insight into the world of government corruption and the American police state. Agorist has been an independent journalist for over a decade and has been featured on mainstream networks around the world. Agorist is also the Editor at Large at the Free Thought Project. Follow @MattAgorist on Twitter, Steemit, and now on Minds.

View all posts

Our Books

libertarian inst books

Related Articles

Related

TGIF: The Populist Trap

TGIF: The Populist Trap

If you care about individual freedom and general prosperity, you'll want to avoid all shades of populism like the plague. It is economic illiteracy proudly proclaimed and writ large. As an alternative to libertarianism, it is bad in its own right—freedom is not on its...

read more
Tariffs Are Bipartisan Enemies of Freedom

Tariffs Are Bipartisan Enemies of Freedom

President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump both portray tariffs as magic wands to create national prosperity. Trump is calling for a 10% across-the-board tariff on imports, while Biden is imposing selective tariffs that he portrays as miracle cures for any...

read more
European Elites Commit to Their Self-Destruction

European Elites Commit to Their Self-Destruction

Much to the dismay of the European elites, the people of Europe appear to be resolutely rejecting the status quo. Right-wing parties are gaining ground in almost every European state as a reaction to the consistent failures of the establishment statists. Economic...

read more
The News From Across the Pond

The News From Across the Pond

The recent elections in the United Kingdom and France underscore a broader trend of political stagnation and directionless muddling within Europe. Despite clear signals from voters rejecting the status quo, the established elites are resisting substantive changes,...

read more

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This