Brent Fischer, Director | Bruce Rauner, Governor
Statement from Director Fischer on Canines and Cannabis training

There has been a growing concern among law enforcement over the possible impact the legalization of cannabis would have on narcotics detection dogs.  Although we recognize the legalization of cannabis could create a number of issues for those narcotics detection dogs in service at the time if it is legalized, we must continue to follow current Illinois law.  The current Illinois law requires “all police dogs used by State and local law enforcement agencies for drug enforcement purposes pursuant to the Cannabis Control Act, the Illinois Controlled Substances Act, and the Methamphetamine Control and Community Protection Act shall be trained by programs that meet the minimum certification requirements set by the Board.”  To meet the “minimum certification requirements”, all narcotics detection dogs must be trained to detect marijuana/hashish, cocaine, heroin/opiate derivatives, and methamphetamine.