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New bill would allow California veterinarians to recommend cannabis

SB 627 would decriminalize the recommendation of cannabis as a treatment option for pets

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A new bill introduced to the California legislation could repeal an original ban on veterinarians recommending cannabis to their clients.

The bill, SB 627, would allow licensed veterinarians to discuss the use of and recommend medicinal cannabis or related products on an animal patient for any condition for which these products provide relief.

The bill would also prohibit a veterinarian who makes a recommendation under these provisions from being punished, or denied any right or privilege, for recommending these products. Currently, The Veterinary Medicine Practice Act authorizes the board to revoke or suspend the license of a person to practice veterinary medicine, or to assess a fine, for discussing medicinal cannabis with a client while the veterinarian is employed by or has an agreement with a Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA) licensee and is distributing advertising for cannabis in California.

Further, the bill would permit pet owners to purchase medicinal cannabis or medicinal cannabis products on a veterinarian’s recommendation.

One thought on “New bill would allow California veterinarians to recommend cannabis

  1. It saddens me that the public’s misconception of cannabis for health treatment has taken hold of pet health. There is little known evidence for cannabis treatment in humans (beyond nausea and appetite enhancement for cancer patients), and there is ZERO evidence for cannabis use in companion animal medicine. ZERO EVIDENCE. NO SCIENCE. Since when did veterinarians decide to forgo science, evidence-based-medicine for the HUMAN FAD OF THE DAY?!

    Pets cannot tell you what effects they experience with unknown/untested/unproven substances, it is incumbent upon vets and pet owners to establish evidence of safety and efficacy of substances like cannabis – it is only subjective on the owner’s part in believing something occurs when it doesn’t. Our pets deserve the same considerations for safety and efficacy for substances the same as for humans – this can only happen when science is employed, not pseudoscience and faith-based nonsense!

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