California Law Finally Permitting Discussions Regarding Pet Cannabis Use

With cannabis legalization occurring throughout the United States, it’s only a matter of time until veterinarians will be allowed to prescribe it to pets. But until then, we have to take what we can get. Fortunately, some strides are being made in the right direction.

California officially became the first state allowing veterinarians to speak to their clients about using cannabis to treat their pets. The significance behind this is that discussions are finally allowed.

While the vets will not have permission to dispense or administer cannabis products, the legislation will allow them to provide clients with advice. This legislation was signed late September by Gov. Jerry Brown. And it will be effective on January 1, 2019.

The legislation prohibits state regulators from going after veterinarians for talking about cannabis use in animals. But what does this mean exactly?

How will talking about cannabis treatment for pets change the way pet owners treat them?

Previously, and still, throughout the United States, the majority of veterinarians choose to avoid discussions of the potential medical uses of cannabis. This is due to the federal government’s classification of cannabis as a Schedule 1 controlled substance.

With this being said, the problem persists even in states where recreational cannabis is legal. The issue is that there are no state laws regarding the utilization of cannabis products for veterinary patients. And this forces pet owners to reach out to dispensaries for advice on how to treat their pets with cannabis.

The bill is also receiving support from the California Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA). They state that this bill will provide the best treatment possible for the animals. And it will also allow veterinarians to do their jobs effectively.

“It’s what’s best for animals, it’s what’s best for clients, and certainly, it’s what’s best for the veterinarians, because they’re the professionals,” Valerie Fenstermaker, the executive director of the CVMA, is quoted saying. “We have dispensaries selling these products and nobody…outside of a veterinary professional, should be giving advice about using these products on animals.”

With this stride comes the beginning of the United States focusing on allowing the healing of pets with cannabis derivatives. But as this progress is made, it results in new aspects that must be addressed.

“AB 2215 by Asm. Ash Kalra (D-San Jose) prohibits veterinarians from giving medical cannabis products to pets. But it allows them to discuss it with the pets’ owners, and requires the state to issue guidelines on how to do so by January 2020,” Capital Public Radio commented on the matter.

With this statement, we see where we can expect the cannabis industry to go in relation to treating pets. The state is now being pushed to take action in regards to regulating the medical cannabis industry for animals.

The restrictions of cannabis use are slowly being torn away. And over time, we can expect to observe some significant changes in regards to the application and regulation of this plant in the veterinarian industry.

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