Friday, May 24, 2019

California Senate Passes Bill Allowing Vets to Recommend Medical Cannabis For Pets

Veterinarians in California could soon recommend medical cannabis for pets.

The California Senate voted 33-0 Thursday to let pet owners 18 and older purchase medical cannabis for their animals if they have a recommendation from a veterinarian who has completed a specific course.

The bill would give veterinarians the same protections as doctors who recommend cannabis for human patients. And it would prevent the Veterinary Medical Board from disciplining veterinarians who recommend medical cannabis.

Last year, former Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law a bill making California the first state in the U.S. to recognize cannabis in veterinary medicine, providing legal protection to veterinarians who talk with pet owners about its use.

The bill now goes to the state Assembly.