The state that led in legalizing medical marijuana for the two-legged is once again stepping out in front when it comes to animal access to cannabis. In California, the state Senate on Thursday voted unanimously for SB 627, which allows adult pet owners to buy their pet medical marijuana with the recommendation of a veterinarian.
The legislation was sponsored by Democrat Senator Cathleen Galgiani, and underwent review by the California Veterinary Medical Board.
The case for treating pets with medical marijuana products has been being built for some time now, largely powered by human companions who stress over dosing their furry friend with opioids. But despite some science that points towards marijuana’s effectiveness in treating some animal health conditions, vets can be reluctant to talk about medical cannabis treatment options. You can’t really blame them — currently, such discussions could open them up to federal penalties.
Not just any pet doctor will be able to make the call of whether your furry friend could benefit from cannabis should the state Assembly pass SB 627, and it be signed into law by the governor. Recommending vets will have to take a course approved by the Association of Veterinary State Boards’ Registry of