Veterinarians in California may soon be able to recommend medical marijuana for sick pets, writes Calvin Hughes.
Last year, California Governor Jerry Brown (D) signed a bill allowing vets in the state to discuss medical marijuana with pet owners, but they couldn’t formally recommend cannabis.
That could soon change, however. On Thursday, the state Senate unanimously passed a bill that would allow pet owners to purchase medical marijuana for their animals if recommended by a qualifying vet.
Under the proposed legislation, vets would be granted the same protections as physicians that recommend medical marijuana to human patients. It would also protect vets from being reprimanded by the Veterinarian Medical Board for recommending cannabis-based treatments.
The use of medical marijuana treatments for sick animals has become increasingly popular both among veterinarians and pet owners in recent years. Despite this, most states still don’t have regulations in place to help veterinarians guide pet owners to the right products for their pets.
And California isn’t the only state currently considering opening up medical marijuana treatments to pets. A similar bill is also making its way through the New York legislature as well.
Of course, the California bill will still need to make it through the Assembly before it becomes law. But given the lack of opposition to the bill in the Senate, it might not be too long before pet owners can safely access medical marijuana for their four-legged friends.