A California legislative panel approved a bill to legalize cannabis for pets on Tuesday, just a day before the famed 4/20 marijuana high holiday. The measure, AB 1885, was approved by members of the Assembly Business Professions Committee with a unanimous vote of 19-0. Assemblymember Ash Kalra, the sponsor of the legislation, thanked his colleagues on the committee after the vote.
“With ever-increasing evidence supporting the beneficial role of cannabis for animal-use, pet owners need the best information around safe and responsible use,” Kalra writes in an email statement. “AB 1885 would ensure that veterinarians are able to use their expert judgment to recommend regulated, therapeutic cannabis products for the pets in their care.”
Under AB 1885, state-licensed veterinarians would be allowed to recommend the use of cannabis on an animal patient for potential therapeutic effects or health supplementation purposes. The bill also requires the state Veterinary Medical Board “to adopt guidelines for veterinarians to follow in recommending the use of cannabis-derived products on an animal within the veterinarian-client-patient relationship,” according to a summary of the legislation. Additionally, the measure allows cannabis products intended for use on animals to be purchased in licensed cannabis dispensaries if they adhere to state regulations and relevant manufacturing, packaging and labeling standards.
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