Californians Want Legal Pot – For Their Pets

State Senate approves bill to allow vets to push pot for pets

| Kristin J. Bender, May 24, 2019

| KTVU, Oakland, Calif. – Dogs and cats can get stressed and sick too.

Anxiety, inflammation, cancer, and seizures can all impact domestic pets.

However, despite health issues, dogs and cats are living longer than ever before, possibly because they have better healthcare and more dietary options.

Cats live an average of 15 years and dogs have an average lifespan of 12 years. Animal experts say that’s twice as long as it was 40 years ago.

Just as people rely on medical marijuana for dealing with everything from arthritis to anxiety to epilepsy, cannabis is becoming increasingly more popular to help pets with their ailments.

Last year, former Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law allowing veterinarians to discuss medical marijuana as a treatment option with pet owners. Now, veterinarians in California could soon be legally recommending medical marijuana for pets.

The California Senate voted 33-0 Thursday to let adult pet owners purchase medical marijuana for their animals if they have a recommendation from a veterinarian who has completed a specific course. Florida Taco Bell Now A Medical Pot Shop

The bill would give veterinarians the same protections as doctors who recommend marijuana for human patients. It would also prevent the Veterinarian Medical Board from disciplining veterinarians who recommend marijuana.

Although marijuana has been legal in California since last year, it is still illegal under federal law, meaning vets who pushed cannabis for pets were acting outside the law. The current bill, which now heads to California Assembly, would change that.

Tom White and Dmitri Belser rescued their dog Barnaby, a large pit bull-boxer mix, from a street when he was a puppy 13 years ago.

“He was the cutest puppy (and) is still the cutest dog,’’ said Belser. “ (He’s) smart, and he likes to sit at the table with us on his own chair.”

But when Barnaby was diagnosed with Laryngeal paralysis, which causes the muscles that normally pull the airway open to not function properly, the dog had difficulty breathing … Read more.