Pot for Fido: Bill Would Allow Veterinarians to Discuss Marijuana Treatment

California doctors have been able to prescribe medical marijuana to their patients for more than two decades, so it may surprise you to learn that veterinarians don’t possess the same power.

At least, not yet.

AB 2215, introduced by Assembly Member Ash Kalra, would enable veterinarians to discuss cannabis-based treatments for their four-legged patients. It would also require the state Veterinary Medical Board to develop guidelines for those discussions.

The board has some reservations about the language of the bill, which gives vets the right to “discuss” cannabis treatments but does not include the word “recommend.” The Board also wants the authority to discipline those who prescribe unsafe levels of cannabis to pets.

Read more about current laws and policies governing marijuana, hemp, and animals here